Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors | Seattle, WA, USA – 28 September to 1 October 2017.

“I write your name. Freedom.” Autumn has descended upon Seattle and the comforting morning chill lingers slightly through the day. The trees are turning colors. The Caribbean and Texas have been bashed by unusually strong hurricanes. North Korea and American “leadership” trade insults. Trump has surmounted his eighth month as president. And Belarus Free Theatre,…

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ACTION ALERT: LGBTQ Murder in Chechnya

What’s going on? There is a large-scale campaign against the Chechen LGBTQ community happening, resulting in the torture and murder of gay Chechens. On April 1, the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta broke the story that Chechen authorities have been arresting and killing gay men. Sources say over 100 men have been detained so far and…

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Pussy Riot Theatre: Revolution | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, USA – Mar. 8, 2017

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my expectations were high. I was traveling when I found out that Pussy Riot would be in Seattle on March 8 (International Women’s Day, at that!), and I immediately booked tickets without knowing what the show would entail. A year prior, I had seen Maria (Masha) Alyokhina participate…

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Book Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless was one of those rare books I expected to love from the moment I glanced over the cover. I was quite sure after I read the first few pages. Author Catherynne M. Valente’s words are like a pickled feast; sometimes biting and sour but in all the right ways, and so you continue to eat…

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Love Letters to Russia: Revisited

On June 30, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law into effect. In English, the law is officially titled, “for the Purpose of Protecting Children from Information Advocating for a Denial of Traditional Family Values.” The law, intentionally ambiguous as to what “propaganda,” “nontraditional sexual relations,” and “among minors” mean, can be…

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Song of the Day: Pussy Riot “I Can’t Breathe”

Most of you have probably heard of the iconic Pussy Riot even though not all of you heard them actually singing. Now, here is your chance – Pussy Riot, singing their first song in English. Dig them up! Editor’s note: We were planning on posting this song later in the week, but given what happened in…

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