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LGBT Hero: Leonard Matlovich

Matlovich, was the first gay service member to purposely out himself to the military to fight their ban on gays, and perhaps the best-known gay man in America in the 1970′s next to Harvey Milk. His fight to stay in the United States Air Force after coming out of the closet became a cause célèbre around which the gay community rallied. His case resulted in articles in newspapers and magazines throughout the country, numerous television interviews, and a television movie on NBC. His photograph appeared on the cover of the September 8, 1975, issue of Time magazine, making him a symbol for thousands of gay and lesbian service members and gay people generally. Matlovich was the first named openly gay person to appear on the cover of a U.S. news magazine. According to author Randy Shilts, “It marked the first time the young gay movement had made the cover of a major newsweekly. To a movement still struggling for legitimacy, the event was a major turning point.” In October 2006, Matlovich was honored by LGBT History Month as a leader in the history of the LGBT community.

Nightlight Volume 2 Issue 3 Submission Period OPEN

Hello! There are two items of business: first, the next issue’s theme.

Volume 2 Issue 3: Hello My Name Is (May 10 - June 30)

For this issue, the relationship between identity and mental illness is the name of the game. How it shapes a person, the experiences unique to a character with a certain struggle, anecdotes about defining moments related to the idiosyncrasies of personality and illness–bring them all on! This is expected to be an introspective issue, and a sometimes raw issue, but once again, pieces that are derogatory in nature will be discarded. Nightlight is accepting artwork this year, as a reminder. Submission guidelines for art and writing are found on the corresponding page on our blog’s menu.

Now, business item the second: for the first time, Nightlight Magazine is taking on another staff member, making my occasional use of the “royal We” make much more sense than when it was just me. I will let him introduce himself in a subsequent post very soon, but for a quick glance, @thoughtsorlatenighttalksinjones is an old and dear friend of mine who has extensive experience with magazine editing as well as writing, and who has believed in this magazine from the beginning. I’m looking forward to working with him and expanding Nightlight.

The cover for this issue is open for the taking, so if you are interested, please send us a message.

Good luck!


Here are some scans from the April 27, 1987 issue of Time magazine, courtesy of my wonderful friend Donna, who found it—the real, actual, almost-untouched magazine!—while helping to clean up her parents’ old house. And then she just slid it across the table to me at lunch and said, “keep it!” Twist my arm, Donna.

(Everybody check out dat almost-nakey Edge.)

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exist†trace : Goddesses Opening a New Door (FOOL’S MATE, May 2009)

Interview: Yuki Sugie

Beyond just their handsome appearance, this band has a powerful heavy sound and live performance combined with the sensitivity and beauty than only women possess, making them a recent topic of discussion in the streets.
Their name is exist†trace. If you’re one of our core readers, you may remember them from the many times they’ve appeared in our supplement issues of FOOL’S MATE EXPRESS.
After closing out a brief period of underground activity, since last summer they’ve set out once again into energetic action.
On April 22nd, they released their first original sound in a while, “VANGUARD -of the muses-” (mini album), and this year you can expect more and more efforts from these 5 as their most recent activity is revealed!

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Tenzing Norgay was an indigenous Nepalese Sherpa who became famous for becoming one of the first people to climb Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Throughout the years journalists have questioned Norgay and Hillary about who arrived at the summit first, but they have always maintained that they arrived together, as a team, and refused to say who was first. 

Named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, the popularity of Tenzing Norgay lead to an increase in expeditions to Mount Everest as well as growing awareness about the crucial role of the Sherpa on these expeditions. As the death toll on Everest has risen in the past fifty years, particularly among Sherpa, people have began to question the ethics of climbing Everest when the majority of the work is done by Sherpa who are put in increasingly dangerous situations. Additionally, the increase in mountaineering has left the mountain in very poor condition, with trash and oxygen tanks covering the mountain known as Chomolungma to the Sherpa and considered sacred. Is the achievement of climbing Everest truly worth the environmental costs, continued loss of life, and desecration of sacred ground? 

Regardless of the issues surrounding Everest today, the achievements of Tenzing Norgay stand as a testament to the human spirit. His achievements have been honored by Queen Elizabeth with the George Medal, although some believe his extreme efforts merit being knighted instead. Regarding the fame surrounding his summit of Mount Everest, the always humble Norgay said: I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.