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Call Me by No Name
Baldwin, Sontag, and Vidal refused to come out, but their sexuality was an open secret. “Proto-visibility” means their homosexuality was visible before it could be acknowledged publicly.
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The Great Cover-Up
The casualness of nudity in all-male environments is documented in a wide range of sources right up to the postwar era.
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While the prevalence of rape may be exaggerated, the threatening and coercive nature of prison itself creates gray areas of consent.
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What’s ‘Un-African’ Is Homophobia
It is homophobia that was brought by the missionaries who came to Africa and curtailed most of our sexual practices, including heterosexual ones.
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Next Frontier: Employment Equality
The Supreme Court will hear three cases to settle whether Title VII safeguards LGBT people from workplace discrimination, with decisions likely next June.
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Lorca in Vermont: The Untold Story
WHEN Spanish poet Federico García Lorca and American student Philip Cummings first met and became lovers in Madrid in July 1928, they had no idea that their brief liaison would evolve into an intimate relationship that spanned two continents and almost three years. Despite their disparate backgrounds and ages (Lorca was thirty, Cummings 21), theyMore
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During the 1980s, the piers buildings below 14th Street along the Hudson were demolished, one by one. With this destruction, a fertile ground for creativity vanished, not to mention wall paintings by the likes of Wojnarowicz and Tava, preserved now only in photographs. Pier Groups itself is a marvelous work of preservation, revealing this worldMore
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The novel’s title comes from the title of one of Vuong’s poems. In that poem, he writes: “Say yes. Say yes/ anyway.” Likewise here, in his astonishing love letter to life, Vuong affirms again and again that “the heart’s task of saying yes yes yes.” Anyway. No matter what.
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IN WORLD CITIZEN, author David S. Wills conservatively estimates that Ginsberg visited as many as 66 countries in his lifetime. Using the poets letters, poems, travel diaries, and journals, Wills concludes that travel played a crucial role in Ginsberg’s discovery of his creativity and poetic voice.
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Short Reviews
Short reviews of the books: Art After Stonewall, 1969-1989; In the Valley of Tears, Buying Gay: How Physique Entrepreneurs Sparked a Movement; and Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.
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Joanna Russ, by Gwyneth Jones, is the most recent entry in the University of Illinois Press’s “Modern Masters of Science Fiction” series.
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Kahan examines four broad areas of what he calls “minor perversions” (or simply sexualities beyond the stable binaries of “homo-” and “heterosexual”): situational homosexuality (specifically lesbianism); atavistic sexuality in hot climates; the sexuality of the “fairy”; and the standardization of sexuality under capitalist industrialization.
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BOTH author-impresario Marc Huestis and dancer Jeff McMahon used Super-8 movie cameras in their work in the 1970s and ’80s. Each has written about his artistic career, and, although they worked in very different fields, both incorporated their burgeoning gay identity into their films and performances.
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A Long Goodbye
WILLA & HESPER begins unexpectedly, with Willa, the more lyrical and likable of the two main characters, numbly attempting to process an assault in which she was pressed against a tree, pawed by an unidentified male, and then left to wonder why this attack had to happen outside her childhood temple. Today’s readers will keyMore
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THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO is a fictionalized account of American Varian Fry’s attempt to aid refugees in Vichy France in 1940, before the U.S. entered World War II.
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Justify My Sins is clearly a novel rather than a memoir, but the life of the protagonist, Victor Regina, resembles that of the author quite closely.
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A 19th-century ‘Oddity’ Who Kept a Diary
ANYONE who watches a regular diet of HBO knows that the show Gentleman Jack refers to a real-life English lesbian and landowner of the early 1800s, who is now the charismatic central character in this new series. Anne Lister, born into the scientifically-minded family that produced Joseph Lister and eventually lent its name to ListerineMore
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… So, how does camp hold up against force? Resistance is resistance, I grant you. But sometimes, camp is the wrong choice; it is impossible. Or it is deadly. So, camp with care.
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… Director Wood delivers a final message in this quasi-documentary through the inclusion of a medical consultant, a Dr. Nathan Bailey, in the final credits. There can be no doubt that the word of the medical-industrial complex is profoundly important part of the ethos of Glen or Glenda: the rationale for this inquiry—all in theMore
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IT WAS IN 1987 that Randy Shilts’ epic book on the AIDS crisis and the political response to it, And the Band Played On, hit the stands, painstakingly presenting the moral, ethical, and criminal negligence of the Reagan Administration in its response to the emerging AIDS crisis. Despite its length and the rigor of Shilts’ research,More
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Takes on news of the day.
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Opinions from our readers.
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  THE ATMOSPHERE was triumphalist in New York City as we celebrated Stonewall’s 50th anniversary last June, and rightly so. Who can deny that it’s a different world for LGBT people from that of 1969? Of course there were reminders from the podium that discrimination is still with us, especially for transgender people; much remainsMore
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Can Title VII Stop Workplace Discrimination?
Until the Supreme Court decides these issues, members of the LGBT community will have no choice but to continue to struggle with the patchwork of conflicting court decisions and statutes, which provide limited protection to those who reside in some states and cities. How the Court answers the question as to what constitutes “sex discrimination”More
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DONALD CRIMP was an AIDS activist, an art critic, a critical thinker, a prolific writer with an expertise on Andy Warhol, and so much more.
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RECENT MONTHS have seen a rise in homophobic attacks on the LGBT community in Italy. Gay rights organizations associate these hate crimes with the harsh political climate. Matteo Salvini, the former interior minister who rose to power on a campaign of anti-immigration, far right nationalism and xenophobia is especially under scrutiny. Opponents and activists alike say the leader ofMore
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Gender Fluidity Comes to Reality TV
MTV recently decided to morph its Are You the One? franchise into a “sexually fluid” experiment. In the new season of the show, called “Come One Come All,” sixteen people live in a mansion together in an attempt to discover who is their “perfect match.” At the end of the season, if all eight perfect-matchMore
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