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Review: Call Me Kuchu

Survival skills
David France's powerful How To Survive a Plague, recording the battle to obtain treatment in the early days of the AIDS crisis, has deservedly been nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 20, 2013

Gay Marriage: yes or no?

Rhode Island advocates have shunned the ballot box, fearing defeat. Is it time to reconsider?
In 32 states, voters have weighed in on same-sex marriage. In 32 states, they have rejected it.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 17, 2012

Yes on One? Duh

You’ve heard all the arguments, seen all the evidence. Are you really still against same-sex marriage?
It would be awesome if this was the last thing I ever had to write about the gay-marriage debate.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2012

After this week’s elections, is same-sex marriage dead?

Primary Day
Elections matter. And on Tuesday, Rhode Island's Democratic primary did not go well for the state's same-sex marriage advocates.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 12, 2012

Challenging the cinematic norms of gay culture

Film Series
There's no doubt that this fall will bring heated debates about gay rights, as Mainers vote on giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 29, 2012

Out in Maine: Summer 2012

Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
By OUT IN MAINE  |  June 12, 2012

Vote Best, not gender

Letters to the Portland Phoenix editor, April 27, 2012
I agree whole-heartedly with Deirdre Fulton that a paucity of women interested in holding political office is bad (see "Female Dems Could Help Take Back State House," April 20).

Strike down the heathen

“Sodomy-based marriage”
"There is no basis in nature for a right to sodomy," Michael Heath told the Associated Press in March.
By AL DIAMON  |  April 11, 2012

Reel-to-reel: A long-lost Malcolm X speech recovered

History Dept.
I was born just two years before Spike Lee's 1992 biopic about Malcolm X and starting in kindergarten, I have faced the question in an almost endless loop: are you named after him?
By MALCOLM BURNLEY  |  February 16, 2012

Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Documentary

Powerful images
The films in this program contain some of the most powerful images to be seen on the screen this year.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 10, 2012

End Black History Month

It's that time again! Let's roll out the black history materials and talk about African-Americans as if most people really care about them, during the shortest month of the year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 01, 2012

Jonathan Lee is back home, creatively and with his activism

A Maine stalwart returns
When Jonathan Lee rose from the crowd at the Equality Maine Awards banquet last March to pledge $5000 to the pro-gay marriage effort, it's likely that many people in the room turned their heads in curiosity.
By TONY GIAMPETRUZZI  |  November 02, 2011

Review: Question One

Documentary goes behind the scenes in Maine's 2009 gay-marriage fight
When Joe Fox and James Nubile began work on their documentary, Question One , which covers 2009's gay-marriage battle from inside both camps, they had no idea that Marc Mutty would be such a compelling interviewee.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 26, 2011

Trans explosion

Personal narratives drive social change, and vice versa
When a social movement gets its own high-profile celebrity poster child, you know it must be hot.
By LISA BUNKER  |  October 26, 2011

Speaking with Howard Solomon about his years of LGBT research

Finding — and preserving — unheard voices
When Howard Solomon's name was submitted as a nominee for the Catalyst for Change Award, the highest honor given by the Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine at the University of Southern Maine, the center's board agreed very easily to bestow it upon the well-known LGBT historian.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 19, 2011
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Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

A collage of privileged documentary moments
In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 27, 2011

A hug beats a nod

Maine may be the whitest state in the country, but it certainly isn't the straightest.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  September 14, 2011

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Review: The Help

Steel Magnolias  version of the civil rights movement
As it turns out, according to Tate Taylor's adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, the Jim Crow era was not due to centuries of institutionalized racism, but to Hilly Holbrook (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her hang-up about "colored" servants going to the bathroom.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 09, 2011
Boston Convention Center - Urban League

Showtime for New Boston

With the Urban League conference coming next week, Boston's movers and shakers are scrambling to project a progressive racial image
After years of trying to convince groups with large minority membership that the Hub is now a welcoming, friendly destination for African-Americans, this is the first big organization to test the theory.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 27, 2011

Bus stopped?

The proposed RIPTA cuts are totally unacceptable
Last week, the Rhode Island chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFBRI), sent an email blast to folks around the state, which contained the first two paragraphs of a press release issued by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority on June 30:
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 06, 2011

Angry art: ''Rhode Island Blows''

Design Dept.
A few months back, openly gay Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox backed away from a same-sex marriage bill, which he believed would not pass, and threw his support behind civil unions.
By GREG COOK  |  June 15, 2011

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Review: Dramatic Rep's ambitious Gross Indecency

Wilde's trials
In the center of Gross Indecency 's simple, book-laden set sits a single green carnation in a crystal vase.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 10, 2011

Leveling the playing field

Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, May 20, 2011
A few observations on Dena Riegel's " Striking Back: Turning Feminist Theory Into a Visceral Rape Deterrent " (April 29).

Will the Catholic Church kill gay marriage?

Inside the high-stakes battle over same-sex nuptials in Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s gay marriage moment has finally arrived. And the Catholic Church just might kill it.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 23, 2011

Anti-diversity is bad for business

Letters to the Portland Editor, January 28, 2011
As he has done with environmental leaders, Governor Paul LePage needs a forum to hear from Maine immigrant and civil-rights leaders. This is made all the more urgent when one considers his "kiss my butt" sound-bite refusal to meet with the NAACP because they are a "special interest."
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 26, 2011

LePage's secret bankers

How much the governor really owes, and to which special-interest groups
Paul LePage was making national headlines last week for all the wrong reasons: telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, dismissing the civil-rights organization as a "special interest" he won't be "held hostage" by after its local director expressed concern at his declining to participate in MLK Day events his predecessors had (see more  here ).
By COLIN WOODARD  |  January 19, 2011

Airport upgrades

Air travel choices have evolved.
By DAVID KISH  |  December 01, 2010

Why did the liberals help construct our concentration camps for the poor?

Prison complex
Why did middle-class liberals, historically the leaders of compassionate social reform, allow, with nary a peep, the construction of our colossal Prison Complex? Two books, one new and one a few years old, explain why liberals not only went along with this right-wing, racist project — they encouraged it.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 08, 2010

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