Kyle Rittenhouse’s outburst on the witness stand is reminiscent of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.

Kyle Rittenhouse gave quite the performance when he broke down crying on the witness stand while testifying at his murder trial last week. The 18-year-old was charged with reckless homicide, intentional homicide, and attempted homicide for shooting and killing two people and injuring a third at a racial justice protest…

Sen. Joe Manchin killed paid family leave and he doesn’t seem to care.

Paid family leave was cut from the Democrats’ reconciliation bill this week thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) unrelenting opposition. President Joe Biden’s initial 12-week paid family and medical leave provision was dwindled down to 4 weeks after Manchin balked at the plan, but this compromise was immediately rejected.

Despite…

Gender-inclusive language doesn’t erase cis women, it includes trans people.

Earlier this week, “Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood sparked a resurgence in the seemingly never-ending “debate” over the use of gender-inclusive language after she retweeted an article from the Toronto Star titled “Why Can’t We Say ‘Woman’ Anymore?” …

Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” is riddled with anti-LGBTQ punchlines, but no jokes

Dave Chappelle is not making anti-LGBTQ jokes anymore. At least that’s what he says in his new Netflix special “The Closer” before devoting a large portion of his set to the very same jokes he’s supposedly doing away with. It’s very clear that this is intentional. …

Netflix’s “Pray Away” reveals the horrors of conversion therapy and the religious right’s attack on LGBTQ+ rights.

Through the testimony of former leaders in the “ex-gay” movement, Netflix’s “Pray Away” exposes the horrors of conversion therapy and the religious right’s concerted effort to attack LGBTQ+ rights in the United States. …

Texas Republicans passed a bill removing MLK from the state’s public school curriculum

For months now, Republican lawmakers have been weaponizing the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a feeble attempt to justify their misguided crusade against critical race theory. Quoting the same line from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, conservative politicians like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) have…

Conservatives are trying to prevent students from learning about America’s racist past (and present)

Over the last several months, white conservatives have launched a concerted effort to prohibit the teaching of critical race theory in public schools across the country. What once started off as incoherent rabble rousing has now grown into a full-blown culture war. …

Catherine Caruso

Freelance writer covering culture, politics, and LGBTQ+ rights. catherineann.caruso@gmail.com

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