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by Monika Estrella Negra
Portrait of a Lady on Fire explores an unexpected and forbidden romance between two women in the late 18th century. Set on the lush and grainy beaches of an island in France, this heartbreaking love story reveals the thousands of tiny deaths queer women have endured for sake of patriarchal tradition…


by Sara Century
The World To Come (2021) takes a contemplative look at a love affair between two women living in relative isolation in the mid-1800s. Directed by Mona Fastvold and adapted for the screen by Ron Hansen and Jim Shepard from a short story by Shepard, the film explores longing and power through a forbidden romance…


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By Brian Gleason
Steven was five feet nine inches tall and about one hundred forty pounds, just having crossed into his thirties when I met him at the Gauntlet Bar back in 1980s Los Angeles. He smacked my ass when I leaned in for a pool shot, which I missed, but I made the crossing glance to see his trickster smile…


by Isabella de Carrington
It is July 2016, and I am heading off to a ball. “Sparkle Ball” is part of a transgender festival called Sparkle Weekend, where trans people gather to celebrate our transness…


Book Reviews

Moods Flowing on Canvas

PUBLISHED last year on the occasion of a major retrospective of Frida Kahlo’s work in the Martin- Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and Bank Austria Kunstforum, in Vienna, the Frida Kahlo Retrospective is accompanied by a coffee table-sized catalog. It is a stunningly beautiful book with glorious color and black-and-white illustrations.

Mayor Pete’s Biggest Fan

            One of the funniest passages in I Have Something To Tell You is when Chasten recalls critics charging that he and Pete simply weren’t “gay” enough.

Street-Sauntering Women

Francesca Wade wants us to rediscover the five subjects of the book within “a sense of place”—Mecklenburgh Square in Bloomsbury, London. The author offers mini-profiles of five writers: All five who resided at Mecklenburgh Square at some point between 1916 and 1940.

Wilde the Thinker

RESIST EVERYTHING Except Temptation is a careful consideration of Oscar Wilde’s philosophical underpinnings. Through a close examination of his writings and political affiliations, Kristian Williams discovers a deep affinity for anarchism.

Love in a Bad Time

In his powerful debut novel The Prophets, Robert Jones, Jr., depicts in exquisite, often excruciating, detail the social ruination that slavery brought to the antebellum South.

Here She Comes…

Drag Queens and Beauty Queens is an ethnographic study that analyzes the symbiotic relationship between a “pair of spectacles”: the 100-year-old Miss America pageant (which Greene calls a “performance of gender” that’s “understood by gays as essentially a camp performance”) and its “drag counterpart,” the Miss’d America pageant.

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