Although white nationalists typically believe that homosexuality and gender nonconformity are social diseases that undermine "true" Western culture, some leaders of the white nationalist "alt-right" movement have been extending a provisional welcome to gay white supremacists in an attempt to swell their movement with younger members. Disagreements over this issue are creating unexpected fractures within some fascist groups.
In Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers, some of the worlds depicted are very unfamiliar, while others are so close to our world that they clearly illustrate its cruelties, idiosyncrasies and beauty. The anthology's editors, Casey Plett and Cat Fitzpatrick, talk to Truthout about keeping the humanity in stories about amazing technology, keeping nuance in stories about vengeful zombies, and more.
As Texas continues to reel under the effects of Harvey, it's been noted that besides massive flooding, some communities were also faced with dangerous chemicals released into the air by refineries and petrochemical plants. How did that happen, and what can prevent it from happening again? Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity, discusses her own investigations into the issue.