Blogger and activist Amina Abdallah Arraf who writes A Gay Girl in Damascus has reportedly been detained from the streets of Damascus, the Syrian capital, yesterday evening. As a non-violent advocate of change, Amina organized community meetings, attended protests and tried to ensure that people were aware of the regime’s actions. Rania O. Ismail, who identifies herself as Amina’s cousin, posted a letter to Amina’s blog detailing Amina’s ... Read More
  If you live in New York City and like fun, be sure to check out The Printup, an event blog that gives you a heads up about parties, fundraisers, art and music events, and not-to-be-missed opportunities to buy super hot shoes for cheap (see these Y-3 sneakers). The Printup has the skinny on things like the howaboutwe (a dating site based on going on great dates) sponsored 90’s dance party at Tribeca Grand Studios that’s happening on June ... Read More
The truth has outed. The weiner was Weiner’s, as was the chin/nose shot, the two pussies (which were actually cats, what did you think, pervert?) and the chest shot, which seemed to me the most suspect of all, as I have never seen so little body hair on a Jewish man. There were no “hackers,” who may now enter the vernacular as a descriptor for an shadowy, omniscient demimonde whose nefarious powers are feared and misunderstood by the body ... Read More
The protection of wild and captive elephants isn’t something that comes on my radar very often, but in the documentary One Lucky Elephant that opens tomorrow, it is an issue that is depicted with all of it’s complexities and a heartfelt look at true friendship. David Balding adopted Flora, an orphaned baby African elephant, and started a circus with her as the central performer. After spending 16 years together, David realizes that Flora is no longer ... Read More
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will take place June 16-30 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. This year the festival features 19 films from 12 countries, and nine female directors. As we all know, the film industry (like many others) is overwhelmingly male-dominated, so this gender equality is highly commendable.   Though perhaps we should expect no less from Human Rights Watch, which is a truly wonderful organization devoted to ... Read More