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Past articles by Samantha:

'The Bachelor' Is Basically 'Survivor' Now

On both 'Survivor' and 'The Bachelor,' contestants compete physically, mentally, and socially to come out on top. Shanae's emergence as a villain only underscores how the dating show has become gamified. → Read More

C-Beams Glittering in the Dark: A Conversation with Cooper Lee Bombardier

Cooper Lee Bombardier discusses his first book, PASS WITH CARE: MEMOIRS. → Read More


Harry Hamlin's 'playing gay' disclosure spotlights another huge problem

Some things have certainly changed since 1982, when Harry Hamlin says his film career ended after playing a gay character on the big screen, but not as much as anyone might think, says Samantha Allen. Too many actors in Hollywood still find themselves limited by stigma about their sexuality when it comes to film roles. → Read More

How ‘Euphoria’ and Model Hunter Schafer Created the Most Interesting Trans Character on TV

High schooler Jules, played by trans model Hunter Schafer, is not just one of the most fascinating characters on television—she’s one of the most fascinating, period. → Read More

Jacob's Pickles Is New York City's Unofficial Gathering Spot for Pickle Lovers

Finding happiness in a chicken-and-pickles sandwich. → Read More


The state that is a strange and deeply imperfect LGBTQ pioneer

Despite its status as a deeply red state, Utah is open for LGBTQ people, says Samantha Allen, who outlines why Alabama and other red states could be next. → Read More

National Guard In California, Nevada, Washington State, Oregon, and New Mexico Defy Trump's Trans Troops Ban

Nevada, Washington State, and Oregon have joined California and New Mexico in allowing trans people to continue to serve in the National Guard, defying Trump's trans military ban. → Read More

Pete Buttigieg Shows It’s Possible To Be LGBT, Christian, and Proud

Pete Buttigieg’s gay intertwining of faith and family counts as an important gesture when anti-LGBT groups are continuing to use ‘religious liberty’ as a cover for discrimination. → Read More

Charles Key Needs to Go to the Bathroom. Tennessee Won’t Let Him Because He’s Trans.

The Tennessee state legislature is weighing a bill to protect the state’s anti-transgender bathroom access policies. A raft of other anti-LGBT policies may follow. → Read More

The LGBT Mormons Pushing the Church To Accept Equality

After the Mormon Church rolled back anti-LGBT policies on same-sex marriage and baptism, an increasingly vocal contingent of LGBT Mormons are campaigning for greater change. → Read More

Trump’s Transgender Ban Brings Chaos and ‘a Lot of Fear’ to Troops’ Families

The hidden impact of President Trump’s transgender troop ban has been on the troops’ loved ones, whose lives, they tell The Daily Beast, have also suddenly been thrown into chaos. → Read More

Trump’s Transgender Troop Ban Marks the Dark Return of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

There’s only one guaranteed way for transgender people to remain in the military after April 12: Pretend you aren’t transgender. → Read More

Trump Is About to Ban Transgender Troops. SPART*A Is Ready to Help Them.

After April 12, trans troops having to hide or suppress their gender identity if they don’t want to risk discharge under Trump’s ban can contact advocacy group SPART'A for help. → Read More

Mormon Church Rolls Back Policy That Deemed Same-Sex Couples ‘Apostates’

The policy barred children of same-sex couples from being baptized into the faith until they turned 18. → Read More

Lori Lightfoot, Satya Rhodes-Conway, and (Maybe) Jolie Justus: Meet America’s New Lesbian Mayors

Led by a victorious Lori Lightfoot in Chicago, on Tuesday night Democratic lesbian candidates either won mayoral races or advanced in primary contests. → Read More

Under Trump’s Ban, Transgender Troops Must Decide: Come Out or Hide

After April 12 new trans recruits will be forbidden, while serving trans troops will be forced to pick between having medical treatment for gender dysphoria and keeping their jobs. → Read More

It’s Not Just Japan. Many U.S. States Require Transgender People Get Sterilized

Many transgender people in the United States must undergo sterilizing medical procedures if they want birth certificates and driver’s licenses that reflect their gender. → Read More

Meet the Conversion Therapists Who Turned Against Conversion Therapy

Some of the most powerful voices against conversion therapy are those of ex-conversion therapists, who have now come out as LGBT and formed their own support group. → Read More

This Mormon Survived Conversion Therapy. Now The Mormon Church Is Turning Against It

The Mormon church is not opposing an anti-conversion therapy bill making its way through Utah's legislature, denouncing 'any therapy that subjects people to abusive practices.' → Read More

Meet The Transgender Texans Battling For Their Rights

An excerpt from Samantha Allen’s Real Queer America: LGBT Stories From Red States. → Read More