Two Years On: The Trump Administration’s Erosion of LGBT+ Protections

I had hoped we wouldn’t be here. I cried all night long when Trump won on Election Night two years ago, and one of the tools with which I clawed my way out of despair was the belief that this country was too good to allow this. “Surely, this is a mistake,” I told myself.

Roundtable – Wakanda vs Vote Suppression

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on January 21, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. It’s been as busy a week as every

Roundtable – Fired For Being A Nazi

The Roundtable is a discussion of news and events among Torchlight staff. The conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and to add links. This conversation happened on August 27, 2017. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, many white

Roundtable – White Supremacist Protests

The Roundtable is Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity, and most citations were added after the fact. This conversation occurred on August 20, 2017. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. This week’s topic is the Unite the Right rally

Roundtable – Free Speech

Tom Rich Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. With us this week are Senior Managing Editor Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Politics Editor Christopher Dahlin, Junior Managing Editor David Schmitz, legal counsel Jay Imhoff, Trump supporter Sam Dieffenwierth and myself, Editor-in-Chief Tom Rich. The big news this week was the AHCA’s passage

Caitlyn Jenner and the High Cost of Privilege

Caitlyn Jenner is possibly the most harmful personality in the culture war for LGBT rights, acceptance, and visibility . . . period. Last week, the avowed Republican stopped in Washington, D.C., to speak with Vice President Mike Pence whilst on tour promoting her tell-all memoir, the titillatingly-named, The Secrets of My Life, the title of

Another Victory Like This Will Undo Them

Flag of Virginia overlaid with the phrase "A Bitter Pill"

Judge Madeline Haikala’s Ruling Gives New Gardendale School District A Pyrrhic Victory At Best On May 24 Judge Madeline Haikala of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama issued a ruling on an attempt by the small city of Gardendale to split its schools from the Jackson County Schools District.  While

This Is What Genocide Looks Like

“If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.” -Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov A young man, maybe mid-twenties, stumbles home late into the morning hours after a long night of revelry at what the news

Hijacking Civil Unrest for Fun and Profit

Pepsi’s having rough week, eh? Maybe you haven’t seen the now-infamous ad that Pepsi, like a naive veterinary student, released unwittingly into the wild only to watch it be bloodily torn apart by the ravenous native fauna. Let me sum it up: millennial stereotypes live their hip urban lives millennial-ly, maintaining their progressive street cred