Rogue Republicans, randy whales, & the kid in the backseat

James Barlow and his son, Mikey.
James Barlow and his son, Mikey. Photo: Screenshot

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As we head into President Biden’s State of the Union address, we asked experts a simple question: What’s the queer state of the union?

Colorado Governor Jared Polis, author Armistead Maupin, org leaders Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen and Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, and drag queen Cynthia Lee Fontaine have all weighed in so far.

Be sure to watch the site for upcoming interviews that will be published each day until Biden’s big speech.

Would you date these road signs?

Lone Republican kills Arizona ballot measure targeting trans people

It was a stunning defeat for the state party — perhaps the GOP is starting to wake up to the folly of their latest culture war.

A Utah bill that would have banned the display of Pride flags went down in defeat thanks to GOP legislators. In Iowa, a proposed change to the state’s civil rights law was so drastic and loathsome that even Republicans refused to entertain the idea.

Arizona Republicans were left hanging after a single member broke with the party and voted with Democrats against a proposed anti-transgender ballot measure.

A dad made a TikTok about seeing a trans woman. His kid made it lovely.

It was the first time they’d seen a trans woman – and it happened at a truck stop in Texas.

This city just declared itself a safe haven for LGBTQ+ people

A town in Missouri won’t enforce state laws targeting the queer community.

Clocked by the Uber driver

Teachers are fed up with the war on “woke” classrooms

They just want to do their jobs and actually teach the students.

Humpback whales spotted having sex for the first time. It was two males.

The “wokes” are turning whales gay now, according to Twitter.

This city lost both of its LGBTQ+ spaces in the last two years. Now the community is rallying.

They even got some help from Gloria Estefan.

Don’t cross a gay man on his way to church

Marine scientist leads shark expeditions in drag

It’s one helluva show.

British Royal Mint issues George Michael £5 coin

The gay icon’s face is on the coin along with a lyric from “Faith.”

Alethea Crimmins wants you to have a good day on purpose

Lil Nas X, Rihanna, Madonna, Jennifer Hudson, and Kesha all love her. You will too.

High school girl vs religious bigot? No contest.

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Don’t forget to follow our Queer State of the Union series next week. We’ve got some fantastic pieces that haven’t been published yet.

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