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McCain Says “troops would quit in droves” if DADT is Repealed

Stephanie DonaldIn the most obvious stall tactic used to date, Senator John McCain announced that if Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is repealed, “troops would quit in droves”.

Trevor Thomas of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) estimates that the United States military is made up of approximately 60,000 gay and lesbian service members at this time.  

I can’t speak for those troops, Senator McCain, but I can speak to them and I hope these words reach them across the internet.



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Welcome to Indian Queer Pride!

Raj AyyarQueer Pride Day was celebrated in many Indian cities, including Delhi and Bangalore (Bengaluru), during the last week of November. 

Why didn’t Indian queer pride just trot along docilely in the big footsteps of Stonewall Day and celebrate the occasion at the end of June, or (stretching it, as the Brits do, to the 4th of July)?

In part, because it's too bloody hot in most of India to march on Stonewall Day. I think too, that this creates a symbolic cognitive and emotional distance from simply being Stonewall’s little lamb and meekly observing Queer Pride on a day that most Indians don’t relate to, in any visceral sense.

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Jack Nichols - A Remembrance of Things Past

James T. Sears, PhDJack Nichols
A Remembrance of Things Past
By: James T. Sears, PhD
It was a crystal spring afternoon in 2005 when I phoned my friend Jack Nichols.  I was in Central Florida lecturing and had hoped to stop by to see how he was doing. Jack’s health had deteriorated greatly during the past few months and the prospects for recovery appeared slim.

A feeble-sounding man whispered into the phone.

“Jack, is that you?” I asked.

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My Friend, Jack

My Friend, Jack

By Stephanie Donald

Stephanie Donald - EditorIn the summer of 1998 I was not in the best of financial circumstances when I read a Florida Today article about Jack Nichols and his newly formed collaboration with an online gay pornography site to start gay, lesbian and bisexual news site, GayToday.

I was living in Cape Canaveral not very far from him and I had previously been the editor of several GLBT print newspapers in the Norfolk/Tidewater, Virginia area. I had won several awards there for covering hate crimes in the community and the debacle of President Bill Clinton’s failed attempt to remove the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military.

Camerado, I Give You My Hand: Celebrating Jack Nichols

Camerado, I Give You My Hand:
Celebrating Jack Nichols
By Raj Ayyar

Allons! Whoever you are, come travel with me.
Travelling with me, you will find what never tires.
Allons! With power, liberty, defiance, gayety.
  --Walt Whitman: Song of the Open Road.

Raj Ayyar - Contributing WriterWhen I arrived at SIU-Carbondale, IL in the ‘70’s, I was a dewy-eyed grad student-- an angry, yet nurturing challenger, constantly questioning my own and others’ presuppositions and taking strategic pot shots at cultural sacred cows.

A pivotal turning point in my endless browsing sessions at a local bookstore occurred, when I stumbled upon a slender Penguin volume entitled ‘Men’s Liberation’ by Jack Nichols. Little did I suspect the profoundly synchronistic nature of this discovery. I had no idea that the author would become one of my best friends in decades to come.

The book was an exciting read. Jack never bulldozed the reader into accepting fixed gender/sexual orientation definitions. Rather, ‘Men’s Liberation’ is a passionate invitation to rethink gender and sexuality in androgynous terms. The book invites comparison with June Singer’s masterful Jungian work ‘Androgyny’, Marc Feigen-Fasteau’s ‘The Male Machine’, and other important works of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. that challenged the multiple separatisms of the period: the traditional overblown male/female, gay/straight binarisms of the hetero-patriarchal order, bifurcations and schisms within the LGBT movements, feminist separatism etc.

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No More Bushit/Obamashit from the Homophiles as much as anyone else!

bob_kunstNo More Bushit/Obamashit from the Homophiles as much as anyone else!
By Bob Kunst

Well, here we are in 2010, with a 'gay' movement that's adrift, wallowing, ill-defined,  and still crawling for 'acceptance', when it doesn't accept itself, and in much worse shape then anyone could or should imagine.
From my perspective there are so many missing 'links', it's is hard to find where to start.
I honor Jack Nichols, my friend for very many years, who besides being a great writer, was also a key conscious person within the movement and a leader who put out a great deal of energy, ideas, infomation, and activism, now missing within the so called gay media and homophile movement.
Besides our friendship, Jack was also putting my efforts before the community at large.

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A Love Affair with Jack Nichols

A Love Affair with Jack Nichols

By Rodger Streitmatter

My love affair with Jack Nichols began 15 years ago.

Rodger StreitmatterI was a recently tenured journalism professor who’d decided to write a history of the gay and lesbian press—a project no one had ever tackled before.

The earliest stages of my research led me to copies of a little publication consisting of a few pages of 8½-by-11-inch paper that had been folded in half and stapled at the crease. This curious little item had been produced in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1960s and carried the quainter-than-quaint title The Homosexual Citizen. In fact, it hardly seemed like a publication at all, reminding me of something I’d put together back in elementary school. But when I began reading the articles, I came upon this passage—

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