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The Russian Question

Trump, Putin and what they mean for our freedom.

IN THE CROSSFIRE

America has become increasingly polarized, a nation in which women, people of color, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community are under threat from the Trump administration and its followers. Concerns about autocracy and creeping authoritarianism have ceased to be vague what-ifs. A year into the Trump presidency, America feels like a riven nation, where some of us see flashing red danger signs while others don red hats that read Make America Great Again, even as they call for the rescission of our most basic—and most quintessentially American—civil liberties.

Masha Gessen knows about authoritarian rule because she’s lived under it for much of her life. Masha and I worked together for several years in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. We talked weekly about everything—but mostly about work, AIDS and LGBT activism, and the endless complications of being out activist journalists like ourselves in what was an intensely homophobic world.

Twenty-some years ago, the last time I spoke with Masha before this interview, she was getting ready to move to Moscow and had asked me if I could send her American dog food if she couldn’t find what she needed over there. I agreed I would, we said some emotional goodbyes, and fell out of touch surprisingly quickly, given how close we had been.

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About Curve

Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings, a fresh approach, and inspiring ideas to sustain us for the rest of the year. And so we’re very pleased to present the official relaunch issue of Curve! We hope you enjoy the new look—and the new quality—which makes reading the magazine in print even more enjoyable than it was before. We couldn’t think of a better person to grace our cover this issue than Cate Blanchett, star of our favorite lesbian movie, Carol. Plus, we have interviews with rising songstress Lauren Ruth Ward, the legendary Nona Hendryx, and insight from out political analyst Masha Gessen. We also focus on fitness, well-being, interior design, and style—and we welcome travel partner Olivia to share their upcoming vacations and adventures with us. Enjoy!