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Violent History: What We Know About NYPD Shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley

The Saturday shooting of the two NYPD officers in Brooklyn was especially jarring considering the high tensions in the city…Continue.

News: Idris Elba, Google, Orangutans, Gilead, North Korea

3 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a suspension of protests in the city following the killing of two NYC police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Could Idris Elba be the next James Bond? Washington Blade's Chris Johnson looks.....

The True Meaning of a Superhero; Avenging Childhood Cancer

The definition of a hero is someone of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. It is no secret that among my heroes, I count all children who have battled cancer; they face adversity throughout their journey and yet display a courage unlike any other I have ever seen. Show More Summary

Christmas Miracle: Mom Celebrates Birth of Premature Quadruplets, Born at 25 Weeks

A beautiful photo of four newborns is making its way around the Internet today. In the photo, Amanda Sallaska poses with her four newborn babies, who are still in hospital after they were born prematurely at 25 weeks. Alyssa, Carter, Miles and Bentley are shown in the photograph snuggled in stockings and clutching tiny candy […]

A Week in Puerto Rico: Turtle Babies, Bonfires, and Skinny-Dipping

The Caribbean isn't completely off-limits to LGBT travelers — with warm beaches and 600 years of history, gay-friendly Puerto Rico is a little peace of paradise you don't have to feel guilty about visiting. read more

Women at the forefront of #BlackLivesMatter protests

If you’ve been paying attention to who’s been behind the scenes of much of the action in the aftermath of the extrajudicial murders of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, you might have noticed that Black women are at the forefront of the movement.  Queer Black women were the creators of #BlackLivesMatter, and Black women and […]

Good Things of 2014, a Complete List

Derby Frostie Lucy Holly Chris P Hero Debbie Malala winning the Peace Prize Can 2015 possibly surpass it? We’ll just have to wait and see. Never Better, a collection of essays from writers we love, is The Awl’s goodbye to 2014.

Daily 2 Cents: Creepy, Fked-Up Santas -- Nuking Rogue Asteroids -- Another 'Angel' in the Sky

Creepy, Fked-Up Santas Hey kid...that's the guy who's coming down your chimney late at night while you're asleep! Plan to protect Earth from rogue asteroids with nuclear weapons The ultimate weapons of mass destruction could one day...Show More Summary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks Out on NYPD Killings, #BlackLivesMatter Protests

Former NBA megastar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been penning semi-frequent op-ed pieces for TIME, and they are often rather insightful. Today,… Read More

Joe Cocker Died

British blues-rock singer Joe Cocker, best known for his distinctly deep and expressive voice,

Tyler, The Creator and Erykah Badu to Appear in Upcoming Police Brutality-Themed Episode of ‘Black Dynamite’

Tyler, The Creator and Erykah Badu will make cameos in an upcoming episode of the Adult Swim blaxploitation parody, Black… Read More

Quote of the Day

[Content Note: Torture.]"Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments. Because of the Senate's report,...Show More Summary

When Givers and Receivers Blur Into Lovers

Jennifer Clinger, a graduate of Magdalene, a two-year residential program in Nashville for survivors of abuse, trafficking, prostitution and addiction and a full-time employee of its social enterprise, Thistle Farms, just handed me a check for $500. Show More Summary

Lennon Or McCartney?

3 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Over 500 celebs answer the eternal question.

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Stonehenge Find May Rewrite History But Not Reroute Tunnel

Less than 2.4 km (1.5 miles) from Stonehenge at a point called Blick Mead, archeologists are finding large caches of Mesolithic artifacts from over 8,000 years ago, which means they predate Stonehenge and could identify this as the location of the community that built the monument. Unfortunately,...

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