Has the Ballon d’Or Found its Most Fitting Candidate in the Most Unlikely Player?

Megan Rapinoe with her back turned, displaying her number and surname

Football has always been a universal sport that brings people together from all walks of life. Almost 3.5 million people watched the 2018 World Cup final from all over the world. Although in recent months certain events have transpired that suggest the contrary, as bigots, racists, and homophobes have begun tarnishing the popular sport. The number of blatant racist attacks on players has increased dramatically, namely England’s game against Bulgaria where the game was almost suspended due to racist chants. Ligue 1 had a total of 20 homophobic reports in…

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Why is Pete Buttigieg attacking LGBTQ+ media?

During a recent radio interview, the openly gay American politician and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said he has had to stop reading LGBTQ+ media because of ongoing criticism. When asked whether he believes his “masculine presentation” had somehow advantaged him, Pete replied, “It’s tough for me to know, right? I just am what I am…” expanding on the cryptic response, he said: “It’s all ‘too gay, not gay enough, wrong kind of gay’.” It’s the latest misstep by Buttigieg in what should be a transformative moment in American politics.…

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Str(hate) Pride: An Open Letter to the Mayor of Boston

In response to Boston’s recent ‘straight pride’ parade, Caleb Evans explains why the need for ‘straight pride’ is, and always will be, nonexistent. Dear Mr. Marty Walsh (Mayor of Boston, USA), Respectfully, I must address the issue of the August 31st straight “pride” parade. It has come to my attention that the handling of the event was an abject failure on your part. Allow me to explain, in the following letter, how your mismanagement of the controversial matter derailed decades of progress towards equal LGBTQ+ rights, and how the resulting…

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REVIEW: Prepare to be dragged into a fox hole of surreality and scrabble in Wollin’s ‘The Skin of the Teeth’ (2018)

Surrealism is a niche that has been largely unexplored by the LGBTQ+ filmmaking community. Experimental queer films tend to lean on the shock value of unusual storylines (see: Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, 2013), a murder-twist embedded into a straightforward gay romance) rather than atypical film techniques. The lack of similar examples is an argument for the merit of The Skin of the Teeth (Matthew Wollin, 2018), which begins as a predictable tale, following Josef, the jittery everyman who displays endearing nervousness, hinting at inexperience. We first see Josef…

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