1. “LGBT Clubs in American History: Cultural Centers, Safe Spaces & Targets.” Raillan Brooks, for The Village Voice, on his having to come out three times.
“The American LGBTQ community seems not to have figured out that we’ve been conscripted into the country’s Middle Eastern wars, thanks to the liberation narrative that’s clotted LGBTQ political narratives in the wake of marriage equality. It did get better—thanks to Uncle Sam—and now, it seems, we owe him. So when he asks for support for drone strikes in Syria, or a blithe military alliance with Israel (one of whose expansion stratagems is to pitch Tel Aviv as a gay mecca reclaimed from the gay-murdering Palestinians), he’s also sure to remind us of the ’human rights violations’ in whatever Muslim state he wants to bomb next. It’s called ’pink-washing,’ and it gets liberals to consent to intervention after intervention in the names of queer people.”