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The Wedding March
Two anthologies put together before Trump’s nomination and published before his election encourage reflection on our recent history and its lessons. They also complement one another well and deserve to be read together.
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    The Night Ocean by Paul LaFarge Penguin Press. 389 pages, $27.   HORROR WRITER H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) often used the word “queer” in his stories. Old architecture, tomes of forbidden knowledge, and unholy religious rites were all described as queer. From the context, a reader assumes he used it as an archaicMore
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Short Reviews
Over the course of three summers, Mark Seliger photographed seventy transgender women and men, representing a range of ages, races, and gender expression. On Christopher Street is his celebration of their lives.
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Do-Over
The New Old Me is animated by humorous takes on L.A., like the obsession with exercise. Maran describes L.A. workouts as wildly more intense than those of the Bay Area. In her old Berkeley gym, “the first drop of sweat was my signal to stop, sit down, and have a cold drink,” …
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  My Father’s Closet by Karen A. McClintock Ohio State University Press. 256 pages, $29.95   WRITING in a recent issue of The New Yorker, Daniel Mendelsohn describes taking a trip with his elderly father. In the article, he remarks: “Our parents are mysterious to us in ways that we can never quite be mysteriousMore
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Toward the end of Jews Queers Germans, the description of the breakdown of government in the Weimar Republic, with the various political parties fighting for power, can sometimes be overwhelming.
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Bad Gringos
If you haven’t read [Trebor Healey’s] award-winning novels Through It Came Bright Colors and A Horse Named Sorrow, his new book Eros and Dust is a great introduction to his work.
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Resist!
THE EIGHT-PART TV miniseries When We Rise, which aired earlier this year on ABC, documented nearly fifty years of the modern gay rights movement.
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The New Sex Criminals
Porno Chic and the Sex Wars and The War on Sex tell a story of increasing sexual repression in the U.S. since the late 1970s. Despite improvements in the legal and social status of LGBT citizens, the consensual sex lives of Americans are more policed now than ever before.
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IF ALL YOU KNOW of John Rechy’s work is City of Night or Numbers or Rushes, be advised that his later novels, such as Marilyn’s Daughter (1988), The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez (1991), and even The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens (2003), are not only worth reading but far more entertaining on differentMore
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Heart of the Beat Generation
The Best Minds of My Generation is a compendium of lectures Ginsberg delivered at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The interviews in First Thought: Conversations with Allen Ginsberg have never been included in previous collections, which makes this an especially important anthology.
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Savin-Williams is a developmental psychologist and the director of the Sex & Gender Lab at Cornell University, where he has been conducting research on the psychosexual development of gay, lesbian, and bisexual teens for three decades. He has been prodigiously productive in examining sexual developmental milestones, sexual identity labels, and sexual minority psychology throughout theMore
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One Serious Lady
This new Library of America edition of Jane Bowles’ work, magnificently edited by Bowles scholar Millicent Dillon, does justice to this unique and neglected writer.
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Having published a biography of Kirstein in 2007, Martin Duberman recently discovered a treasure trove of hitherto unseen letters and other personal writings that reveal much about Kirstein’s state of mind as he mingled with many of the leading choreographers, composers, writers, and artists of the Modernist era.
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AS LGBT people, we all have our origin stories—that moment when we knew we were attracted to people of our own sex. For me, the realization began, as most things did, with a book: The City and the Pillar, by Gore Vidal.
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A COMPLICATED & somewhat mysterious figure in early 20th-century art, the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven is often referred to as the “Mama of Dada.”
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Meredith Monk’s Moving Installations
Monk’s polyphonic music has been recorded by her own ensemble in eighteen recordings. Jean-Luc Goddard, the Coen brothers, Terrence Malick, and David Byrne have featured her music in films. The Kronos Quartet, St. Louis Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony have commissioned new scores.
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B.T.W.
A new campaign takes a more indirect tack, using graphic persuasion to get the message across: a seat molded to resemble a male torso and anatomically complete pelvic region.
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Letters to the Editor
  Why the “Plain Envelope” Routine? To the Editor: I’ve had a subscription to The G&LR for the past two years. Until I first discovered your publication at a Barnes & Noble, I had no idea such a magazine existed. I love reading about our community and continue to be on the lookout for newMore
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MADBOOTS DANCE is a company founded and led by two dancer-choreographers, Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, who are also life partners.
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If life in the ballet company provides only a highly restricted space for gay identity, the real gay space takes place in the audience.
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The Shock of the Nude
NAKED OR NUDE, the human body has been a source of creative inspiration in all forms of visual art and performance, from painting and sculpture to theater, film, performance and body art, digital art, and live political activism.
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SOME MONTHS AGO, an older gentleman at the center of a wide circle of friends his own age and younger died. A week after the funeral a text arrives from a fellow mourner: “I miss that queen.”           So do I. But it occurred to me that had that message shown up on someone else’sMore
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Sweet Bird of Youth, however, is how sexual it is. … Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to Sweet Bird of Youth to even a one-act like “At Liberty”—though in a play that I see two nights later, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, that life force is nearly spent.
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What made [Stuart] Timmons unique was that he was never an academic historian—his work was profoundly experiential and had the vitality, humor, and honesty often so lacking in scholarly texts.
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In 2013, the Supreme Court of India ruled against the decriminalization of homosexual relationships as decided by the Delhi high court in July 2009. … Consequently, homosexual relationships are again punishable in India with up to ten years’ imprisonment.
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Those Liberation Blues
In keeping with its name, Gently Down the Stream proceeds at a leisurely pace, but Gabriel Ebert’s hyperactive Rufus keeps the emotional narrative percolating.
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