Article by John Wigger, University of Missouri-Columbia What is it about televangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker that continues to fascinate nearly 35 years after the fall of their evangelical empire? Jim Bakker still makes headlines selling survival food and miracle cures from his television compound near Branson, Missouri. While
Article by Damien Ridge, University of Westminster It’s a Sin, the Channel 4 series following a group of friends navigating the HIV/Aids crisis in 1980s London, has been a colossal success. With 6.5 million viewers, it has the accolade of Channel 4’s “most binged new series”, and has received high
Article by Rachel Allison, Mississippi State University and Chris Knoester CC BY-ND For all of the gains LGBTQ people have made over the past few decades, sports remain a highly visible reminder that homophobia and transphobia persist. In recent years, more professional athletes, from U.S. women’s soccer team player Tierna
Article by Elizabeth Saewyc, University of British Columbia; Ace Chan, University of British Columbia, and Ashley B. Taylor, University of British Columbia Trans and non-binary youth in Canada continue to experience targeted violence and discrimination, however, according to the 2019 Canadian Trans and Non-binary Youth Health Survey, they are thriving
Article by Benjamin Hanckel, Western Sydney University and Shiva Chandra, Western Sydney University During COVID-19 lockdowns, a major concern for LGBTIQ+ communities, mental health professionals and academics was that young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning, intersex and asexual+ people may suffer from being stuck in transphobic, biphobic or
Article by Christopher T. Conner, University of Missouri-Columbia Pop portrayals of LGBTQ Americans tend to feature urban gay life, from Ru Paul’s “Drag Race” and “Queer Eye” and “Pose.” But not all gay people live in cities. Demographers estimate that 15% to 20% of the United States’ total LGBTQ population
The past 20 years have seen increasing research interest in issues of gender and sexuality in China. This work has explored how, under Maoist socialism (and especially during the fraught years of the Cultural Revolution) “acceptable” modes of gender and sexuality were largely confined to reproductive, cisgender, and heterosexual coupledom.
Article by Andrea Waling, La Trobe University; Duane Duncan, La Trobe University, and Gary Dowsett, La Trobe University Since the 2012 hit film Magic Mike explored the hedonistic lifestyle of men who strip for women, popular culture has exploded with images of sexy, muscular, athletic and shirtless (or pantless!) “hot”
Article by Ani Kokobobo, University of Kansas Nihilism was notably cited during U.S. Senate deliberations after rioting Trump supporters had been cleared from the Capitol. “Don’t let nihilists become your drug dealers,” exhorted Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse. “There are some who want to burn it all down. … Don’t let
Non-binary and trans people have always been here, not least in every recorded society from the ancient world onwards. Why is it then that they’re often absent from the tales and lists of historical figures we hear about? The answer lies, in part, with how history is recorded and who records it.