The Secret Gay History Of Islam

Originally published on gaystarnews.com Islam once considered homosexuality to be one of the most normal things in the world. The Ottoman Empire, the seat of power in the Muslim world, didn’t view lesbian or gay sex as taboo for centuries. They formally ruled gay sex wasn’t a crime in 1858. But as Christians came over from the West to colonize,

Playboy debuts its first transgender Playmate, French model Ines Rau

Playboy has made history this month by featuring its first-ever transgender Playmate. The November 2017 Playmate is Ines Rau, well known as a fashion model with past credits including Balmain and shoots for Vogue Italia. It’s not the first time Rau has posed in a Playboy publication. She was photographed fully nude by Ryan McGinley for the Playboy A-Z special edition

New Yorker stands by claim that Trump joked Pence wants to ‘hang all the gays’

In a recent New Yorker profile of Vice President Mike Pence titled The Danger of President Pence, reporter Jane Mayer made a bold claim. In the extensive piece, Mayer relayed an account of a meeting where Donald Trump ‘jokingly’ said Pence wants to ‘hang all the gays’. The story and comment quickly became a stand-out pull-quote of the article. Unsurprisingly,

Anyone else here getting the feels from this marriage proposal?

Love and let love. That’s all we want. For Love to keep on winning. At the end of the day, we all just want to be free to love. 🌈 🌈 💏💑 #LoveWins A post shared by Kito Diaries (@kito_diaries) on Oct 18, 2017 at 5:54am PDT

Mother Knows Best?

We were all in the parlor, my mother, my siblings and I. The evening was a cool one and NEPA people had been trying for us for quite awhile, so staying together in the living room whilst being involved in our individual businesses had become routine. My mother was seated on the other side of the sitting room, adjacent from

In Africa, LGBT rights activists worry about Trump impact

Originally published on washingtonpost.com Defending LGBT rights can be dangerous in Africa, where many countries have laws against homosexuality. But in recent years activists have stepped out of the shadows, empowered by the support of the Obama administration and the international community. Now many fear the Trump administration will undermine those gains, and that their exposure could make them more