Counted Out: The Willful Ignorance of Excluding LGBT Americans from the US Census

Originally published to Chosen Magazine on April 19, 2018. By Evan Brechtel The adage is trite, but there really is strength in numbers. Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official elected to public office, knew this in 1978 when he implored queer people of the nation to come out and, in turn, “break down …

“But I’m A Queer Leader!”: Racism And Our Dismissal Of It In The Community

Originally published to Chosen Magazine on February 11, 2018 By Evan Brechtel It’s about three Fridays ago. I’m at Rise in Hell’s Kitchen, somewhere on my second whiskey, which is always when I begin making friends. Three of us--still somewhat strangers--are outside smoking. “So you guys live in Manhattan?” he asks. “Yeah, in Harlem,” the …

The New Icons

Originally published to Chosen Magazine on January 9, 2018 By Evan Brechtel There’s a thrilling moment in the 1930 film Morocco. Marlene Dietrich—famously clad in top hat and tuxedo—entertains a crowded bar before singling out one woman, pulling a flower from her hair and cradling it between her fingers. “May I have this?” she asks the captivated …