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Inside the Iron Closet: What It's Like to Be Gay in Putin's Russia

The coordinated government attack on queer Russia.

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The Perfect Wife

How Edith Windsor fell in love, got married, and won a landmark case for gay marriage.

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The Passion of Dan Choi

He was the poster boy for the movement to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Now Dan Choi is sleeping on a couch, smoking too much weed, watching TED talks and wondering what he’ll do with the rest of his life.

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The Gay-Marriage Plot: Inside This Year's Other High-Stakes Campaign

The activists, politicians, and social trends that led to 2012’s gay marriage victories.

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Gay Marriage’s Jewish Pioneer

Meet Faygele ben Miriam, the radical activist “beyond the leading edge” of the same-sex marriage fight.

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Hiding in Uniform

On being gay in the military, three years before Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:

A vast majority of those interviewed had been interrogated at least once, and what they described was nearly the same. They said those under suspicion of homosexuality suffer bright lights in their eyes and sometimes handcuffs on their wrists, warnings that their parents will be informed or their hometown newspapers called, threats that their stripes will be torn off and they will pushed through the gates of the base before a jeering crowd.
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Gay Politics Goes Mainstream

For years, homosexuals have, for the most part, been politically apathetic. Rarely did a candidate stir their enthusiasm; when homosexuals did vote, many of the more affluent ones tended to go Republican. But now the gay and lesbian community appears to be united for the first time in a Presidential race behind a single candidate -- Bill Clinton. And the money is pouring into the Clinton campaign -- $2 million so far from identifiably gay sources, according to Democratic Party estimates. "The gay community is the new Jewish community," says Rahm Emanuel, the Clinton campaign's national finance director. "It's highly politicized, with fundamental health and civil rights concerns. And it contributes money. All that makes for a potent political force, indeed."
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Boy Crazy

The rise and fall of NAMBLA (North American Man Boy Love Association), from its 1970s founding as a splinter group within the gay rights movement to its current incarnation as the most reviled organization in America.

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The Secret Court

In 1920, Harvard University officials suspected that some students were gay. So they kicked them all out.