Open letter to Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely

Dear Chief Whitely, What measures has the Elyria police department taken to address racial bias in policing? I avoid the city since I was involved in two unprovoked police stops. My boyfriend was pulled over outside Olive Garden where we shared a Valentine’s Day meal. The officer accused him of dealing drugs to me. I … More Open letter to Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely

Interview: If Orlando wasn’t terorrism, why do gays feel terrorized?

Greggor Mattson, interviewing Lisa Stampnitzky, author of Disciplining Terror: How Experts Invented “Terrorism” and Politics Lecturer at Sheffield University. GM: Experts have been walking back classifications of Omar Mateen’s massacre at Orlando’s pulse nightclub as terrorism. And yet, LGBTQ people have consistently described the attack as terrorism. How can we understand the different understandings of … More Interview: If Orlando wasn’t terorrism, why do gays feel terrorized?

Gay bars vs. Grindr: Let’s stay on our phones tonight

Will Grindr Kill Gay Bars? Grindr Founder Responds To Claim That The Hook-Up Is Killing Gay Bars. This week saw a spate of articles about whether Grindr and other geo-enabled smartphone apps are hurting gay bars because of an interview with Grindr CEO Joel Simkhai in Time Out Hong Kong: Many people think apps like … More Gay bars vs. Grindr: Let’s stay on our phones tonight

Supporting colleagues, repudiating anti-Semitism

I am writing to show support to my Jewish colleagues in the face of the anti-Semitic speech by one of our colleagues. I appreciate President Krislov’s strong defense of academic freedom, even though it makes me queasy to have it applied in this situation. As someone who conducts research into and teaches about sexuality, I … More Supporting colleagues, repudiating anti-Semitism