“People Are Not Coming Back to the Closet”: The Fight for Ukraine Is Also a Fight for LGBTQ Rights

March 4, 2022
Vladimir Putin’s assault on LGBTQ rights made him a hero to the global far right and a pariah in Ukraine. As the invasion enters its second week, queer Ukrainians are fighting back. Portrait of Olena Shevchenko, courtesy of Olena Shevchenko. Posted originally in Vanity Fair, March 4, 2022. On the seventh day of the war, Olena […]
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Between Dances

February 2, 2022
A community of urban ballroom dancers in Detroit has been decimated by covid. But the survivors aim to keep on dancing. Posted originally in The Washington Post Magazine on February 2, 2022. Charlotte Andrews has hazy memories from the three weeks she spent on a ventilator in the early part of the pandemic: struggling so hard to […]
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'They Just Launched a War'

June 7, 2021
Protesters took to the streets last summer to protest police violence. Lawsuits making headway in Columbus and other cities are showing that the police crackdown helped prove their point. Posted originally by Politico Magazine on May 9, 2021, at 07:00 a.m. EDT. Tammy Fournier-Alsaada was addressing a crowd in front of Ohio’s domed Capitol building […]
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This Tattoo Artist Died In One Of The Most Powerful Storms In Human History. Now His Friends And Family Are Demanding Justice.

November 30, 2019
A typhoon killed thousands of people in the Philippines. A group of survivors wants the law to start punishing fossil fuel companies that contribute the most to warming the planet.
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The Secret Battle To Save LGBT People From ISIS — And Bring Their Persecutors To Justice

June 24, 2019
One is the son of a communist who smuggled messages in kebabs for party members. The other is an army widow whose husband was killed by al-Qaeda. Together they want to convince the world that targeting LGBT people is a crime against humanity.
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Italy Is Ground Zero For The War On Women — Which Is Why These Far-Right Groups Are Meeting There

March 28, 2019
An alliance of far-right Italian politicians, Putin-affiliated Russians, and anti-LGBT activists from the US are gathering in an Italian city at the heart of the war on women.
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This Small Town Was Once A Progressive Fairy Tale. But In 2018, It’s Living A Far-Right Nightmare.

November 10, 2018
A crumbling medieval village was rebuilt by a mayor who welcomed immigrants with open arms. That’s made him a target of Italy’s populist government, and a reluctant hero of the left.
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This Party Wants To Make Germany Great Again After Far-Right Protests That Shocked The World

September 8, 2018
Alternative for Germany thinks it has a chance to win upcoming elections following an outpouring of anti-immigrant anger in the country’s east, and allegations of Nazi ties may only be working to its advantage.
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The Real Story Behind The Anti-Immigrant Riots Rocking Germany

August 31, 2018
Rumors that a man was killed while defending a woman from rape have fueled anti-immigrant protests in Germany, with mobs hunting people in the streets. Now the country's biggest far-right party is planning a march of its own.
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How Rap Became The Soundtrack To Polish Nationalism

February 10, 2018
There’s a world of rappers who make tracks about World War II, attack the EU, and endorse marches organized by white nationalists. They're big in Poland, where a new fight over the Holocaust shows how history has become a weapon.
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