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The international outrage over the new Russian law prohibiting “propaganda on non-traditional sexual relationships”—and the call for a boycott on Russian products—has spilled over into some cultural institutions in the U.S. and elsewhere.”

In New York, the Metropolitan Opera’s gala opening on September 23 was a Russian-themed affair, and

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Dickens was intrigued by the ways in which the past is never past but continues to haunt our dreams and waking hours. Scrooge’s penalty late in life was the apparition…More

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Earlier I blogged about the brouhaha in San Francisco following the selection of Bradley—now Chelsea—Manning to be grand marshal in the annual Pride Parade (June 12, 2013). In a dramatic…More

AFTER A SILENCE of more than twenty years, I got a phone call from an old friend of mine, living in San Francisco. Now dying in San Francisco. Upon announcing…More

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“Why is gay porn so popular in Pakistan?” asked a recent headline in Mother Jones magazine (June 2013). After adjusting to this somewhat surprising revelation, the mind reeled with hypotheses.…More