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By Neil Orts
When the demographics of a group are so heavily tilted in one direction—North American males—it’s also easy to exclude others unintentionally. The Gay League has lost members for this reason, but it’s a situation that [Joe] Palmer and co-moderator Patty Jeres work hard to avoid.

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By Colin Carman
The fact that Joe Exotic (born Joseph Maldonado-Passage in 1963) is openly gay is the least remarkable thing about him. What about the two-toned mullet? The ears so loaded down with piercings that they look like fishing tackle? Tiger King is this and more.

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By J.M. Parker
“Do you need anything off my laptop?” he asked. It was a pointedly sardonic question. A year into our relationship, we’d attempted what no new couple wisely undertakes simultaneously: starting a new job (me), leaving one behind (him)…

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By Brian Fehler

The 1990 Dutch documentary Na Het Feest, Zonder Afscheid Verdwenen tells the story of Willem Arondeus, artist, novelist, and Dutch Resistance worker in World War II. Arondeus lived his life as an openly gay man. He led an attack on a Nazi registry office to protect thousands of people hiding in the country.

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By Jordan Power
In my earliest memory, I’m three and hunched behind a blue exercise mat, masquerading as a stage curtain. My parents have paused dinner preparation for a sneak peek at my latest theatrical original, always here for one night only. I hit play on the boombox, click on the nightlight illuminating the side walls, and saunter from the back of the “curtain.”

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Book Reviews

Poetry without Apology

            Aaron Smith is not exactly at the other end of the spectrum, but his work is far more flippant, colloquial, and funny. For example, the title poem, “The Book of Daniel,” refers not to the Bible but to the actor Daniel Craig, with whom the poet is apparently obsessed. Smith’s poems can be very risible indeed: …

Short Reviews

Reviews of Lot, The Animals at Lockwood Manor, Becoming Man, and Hollywood Chinese.

Cape of Good Hope

Set in Provincetown during the height of the AIDS crisis in the early 1990s, Later is both a love letter to a place and an elegy for the people lost and for a way of life that can never quite be regained.

A Theater of Compassion

Given this relative neglect of his work, Raymond-Jean Frontain’s new book, The Theater of Terrence McNally: Something about Grace, is especially welcome. The culmination of many years of study of McNally’s work and of his voluminous papers at the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, the book offers an insightful assessment of the playwright’s entire career. Frontain makes the best case yet for the unity of McNally’s body of work and for the significance of his achievement.

Divas of the Silver Screen

WHO AMONG US has not wanted to see inside the lives of the most glamorous or intriguing stars of a bygone generation? In Amanda Lee Koe’s debut novel, Delayed Rays of a Star, we get to know three such stars: Marlene Dietrich, Leni Riefenstahl, and Anna May Wong. The novel’s first three chapters alternate between their stories, which are denoted by the symbols Koe uses to mark shifts between characters throughout the book.

AIDS as a Family Disease

What makes Carter Sickles’ new novel The Prettiest Star different is that it tells the story not only of Brian, a young man dying from AIDS, but also of his family and the suffering, discrimination, and harassment they went through.

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