The Shame of Atlanta Pride
SINCE coming out in the ‘80s, I’ve partied at Pride functions across America. In the conservative South, you sometimes cope with uninvited guests—protestors. I never imagined I’d be among them. Regrettably, at Atlanta Pride’s October 11th gay bash at the Georgia Aquarium, I found myself chanting, not cheering. PETA—People for the Ethical TreatmentMore
Reflections on Swann’s Way at 100
A CENTURY has passed since the publication of Swann’s Way in 1913, the first seven volumes that comprise Marcel Proust’s magnum opus, In Search of Lost Time.
‘There are a lot of lovely ghosts there.’
AT 74, director Jack O’Brien is a walking repository of theater history of the latter half of the 20th century, having worked with some of the brightest lights of the American stage …
A Moment with May Sarton
IN APRIL 1984, when a call came asking if I would do a tribute speech to May Sarton (1912–1995) at the annual awards dinner of the Fund for Human Dignity, I hesitated. …
A White Elephant What are we to make of a lifelong Republican strategist and opponent of marriage equality who does a complete 180 and decides, not only that he’s now pro-gay marriage, but that he plans to spearhead an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Arizona and Florida? This would describe Tim Mooney, a RickMore
Tom Bianchi: Eye on The Pines
TOM BIANCHI was a corporate lawyer who fell in love with his weekends on Fire Island in the early 1970s. Fortunately for us, he turned away from his suit-and-tie life and became a photographer. His first book, Out of the Studio (1991), displayed his photographs of beautiful gay men during an ugly time,More
The Radicalism of Harry Hay
The following is adapted from a keynote speech by the author titled “Radical Love, Visionary Politics: The Adventure of Harry Hay,” which was delivered at a conference called “Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay,” held September 27–30, 2012, in New York City.
Letters to the Editor
Cut Liberace a Little Slack To the Editor: In his review of Behind the Candelabra [Sept.-Oct. 2013 issue], Colin Carman remarks that he was born after 1977. That could explain his misguided remark about Liberace’s lifelong “dishonesty” about his sexuality. Those of us from the Midwest and born long before 1977 remember whenMore
Bangladesh: Activism Struggling to Be Born
Bangladesh is overwhelmingly Islamic (at ninety percent of the population), and there is little tolerance for homosexual behavior, which can be subject to brutal punishment.
Figure and Background
THE ENCYCLOPEDIC Art and Queer Culture contains 250 artworks and a documents section that crisscross over more than a century and a quarter. The storyline is the emergence of same-sex relatedness as a definable identity.
After DOMA: The Case for Full Marriage Equality
THE NEXT GAY CASE that the Supreme Court hears is likely to address the constitutional adequacy of civil unions, which provide separate-but-equal accommodations to gay couples. Nevada and Hawaii are the two states where constitutional challenges to traditional marital laws are currently most advanced in the federal courts. Both states have civil union arrangementsMore
The Very English Britten
Britten’s reputation today feels internationally secure, though both biographies sketch the extraordinary obstacles he faced
America’s First Gay Town
ON JUNE 4, 2013 the National Parks Service officially designated the Cherry Grove Community House and Theatre on Fire Island, New York, for listing on its National Register of Historic Places.
From the Emmy-winning creators of Weeds, Orange Is the New Black has been described as The L Word meets Oz
Cruising and The Boys
The Friedkin Connection is a classic Hollywood autobiography, full of tough-talking, up-by-your-bootstraps salty chatter.
In The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, William Klaber comes clean in an afterword and tells you how he’s fashioned a narrative based on scant historical records.
Sympathy for the Ruled
David Richards engages the tension between imperialism and gay rights and offers an intriguing thesis: the emergence of gay rights in England
The God of Child Abuse
SCOTT TERRY’S Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth provides ample testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit.
How to Do Agitprop
IN 1991, Fringe Benefits Theater Company co-founder and artistic director Norma Bowles began collaborating with homeless queer youth in Los Angeles
Memories of Marginality
TWO recently published short story collections—one written by an African-American professor, the other by a Puerto Rican author—provide unique perspectives into the lives of queer minorities in the United States.
A Road Hardly Traveled
ALI LIEBEGOTT’S FICTION is in a direct line of descent from the road trip novels of the Beat Generation
‘Stalactites of the Past’
Marcel Proust by Adam Watt Reaktion Books. 208 pages, $16.95 THIS IS an amazing book, given its small size, standing on the backs of much weightier biographies of Proust, such as the recent door stopper by Jean Yves Tadié. It also makes excellent use of Proust’s correspondence. It covers everything, but its economyMore
The Lavender Bishop
Diary of a Gay Priest is one of the funniest and sanest memoirs I’ve ever read
Exhaling in Verse
JUDY GRAHN was born in Chicago in 1940. This is just about the only ordinary thing that can be said about the self-identified working-class lesbian poet.
A Beautiful Mind in a Toxic Time
In Turing: Pioneer of the Information Age, B. Jack Copeland argues that we should not assume that Turing took his own life, because we don’t really know how he died. What matters more is …
Creature of The Culture
The essays are grouped by subject matter—personal history, writers, iconic movie stars, artists—but autobiographical elements appear in so many that the collection is surprisingly unified.
Reviews of Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh, Our Naked Lives, Henry Darger, Throw-Away Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist, and The Daylight Gate.
An Inconvenient Corpse
Becoming Reinaldo Arenas: Family, Sexuality, and the Cuban Revolution by Jorge Olivares Duke University Press 241 pages, $22.95 THE TITLE of the first chapter in Jorge Olivares’ study of Reinaldo Arenas—“I Scream, Therefore I Am”—is taken from Before Night Falls, which may be, for many North American readers, the only book by Arenas theyMore