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In equal balance justly weighed

Slouching toward Democracy

Where have all the wise men gone?

By Populist Demand

When urban and rural voters went separate ways

Shawn Syms

Shawn Syms has written about sexuality, culture and politics for more than 25 years for more than 50 publications. He has been a queer activist for just as long. Shawn is editor of Friend. Follow. Text. #StoriesFromLivingOnline (Enfield and Wizenty, 2013).

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Shawn Syms

Father Knows Best?

From the daughter of a gay dad comes a journey of acceptance September 2013
Alison Wearing’s dad, Joe, was everything that a father is supposed to be in our culture—a consistent provider, a loving protector, a man who cheered on his adored offspring at every assembly, performance or gymnastics meet. He was also deeply enamoured of musical theatre, French cuisine, prancing along sidewalks and lounging in silk pyjamas. In other…

Modern Love

Three new works of gay fiction with universal appeal June 2011
Men attracted to other men have long contributed to the cultural canon of Western society—even if they have not always either acted upon that desire or written about it. But the formation of organized LGBT communities in the liberalized post-Stonewall era led to an outpouring of cultural dispatches directly concerned with the lives of gay…