Imagine you’re a timid 14-year-old boy from a religious family living in small-town Alberta. Lately, you’ve been feeling that you’re different from the other kids in class. Maybe you can’t stop thinking about the cute guy in your math class. Maybe you don’t feel at all right in your clothes and your own body, and you don’t know if there’s anyone you can talk to.
In an iconic scene from the second X-Men film, Iceman’s mother pointedly asks him, “Have you tried not being a mutant?”It’s a recurring theme in the X-Men series of films and comics, where mutation is a metaphor for difference generally, and often for queer sexuality specifically. Mutants are often overwhelmed by their difference and social isolation and seek out a “cure.” More often than not, the mutants later spurn the supposed cure and learn instead to celebrate their uniqueness.
For years, Australia’s LGBT activists would practically froth at the mouth in rage over the suggestion that same-sex marriage should be tested by a popular vote. This red line, coupled with good old-fashioned politicking from some particularly intransigent leaders on both sides of the issue, held up progress while two dozen countries leapfrogged ahead of Australia in legalizing same-sex marriage.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".