Atticus Lee

The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident: Behind the Most In-Your-Face Meme of 2012

Does that picture look familiar (without the butterflies)? Can you remember what you were doing when you first saw the tragically iconic video of police officers dousing unarmed students in California with pepper spray during Occupy's heyday? Oh good, maybe I'm not the only one! A week before Thanksgiving last year, UC Davis police officers arrived in riot gear to the main quad and demanded 50-some Occupy-ers dismantle their tent city by the bookstore and disperse. When protestors refused and instead linked arms and stood (or sat, technically) their ground, Police Lieutenant John Pike busted out his riot-size can of pepper…

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Atticus Lee

OUTLaws: Queering the Pill, 50 years later

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you breaking news of Arizona's newest victory in the unconscionable conservative contraception crazy-off of 2012. From Rush Limbaugh's ad hominem attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke (and her victorious rebuttal) to Mittens' schizophrenia on whether he thinks women have fundamental rights, this election year has morphed into a horror movie carnival where we kidnap the land-owning, wage-earning women of 2012 and lock them back into the medieval chastity belt. You may have heard this week that Arizona's House of Representatives passed House Bill 2625, requiring women who want their health insurance to cover their contraception to…

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Atticus Lee

OUTLaws: 8 Things To Know About Prop 8 To Sound Worldly and Cultured at Your Next Cocktail Party

As many of us raised a beer, hopeful glimmer, and/or triumphant fist-pump to the Ninth Circuit's decision earlier this month declaring California's ban on same-sex marriage (Proposition 8) to be unconstitutional,  new questions arose for this developing civil rights controversy.  For those of you who have not yet looked at the Ninth Circuit opinion authored by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, here is a link (and only a mildly judgmental "where have you been" look), and some cliff notes to help you drunkenly blister through your next dinner party argument. #8. Unconstitutional, unfair, and unreasonable In a nutshell, the court held that Prop…

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Atticus Lee

OutLaws: We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We Represent the People.

Allen Ginsberg said at the Stonewall Riots in 1969 that 'the guys there were so beautiful - they've lost that wounded look that fags all had 10 years ago." This past summer, for the first time in my 23 years, I marched in the SF Pride Parade (a day after a powerful Dyke March through the Mission, which was a day after my first TransMarch downtown). It was a chaotic scene of cardio (1.5-miles of marching, dancing, and pageant-waving), laughter (2 words: Batman. rollerblades.), and outrageously attractive half-nude men marching under a Gold's Gym banner. Oh, how I love this…

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