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Keeping Art Alive in These Times
Public support for all of the arts is under threat in the wake of last November’s election. In this interview, which was conducted by phone in May, O’Hanian addresses the challenges facing both artists and arts organizations in the current political environment.
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Queer ecology compels us to study ecological limits and the urgently needed social mechanisms of limiting. If we choose to limit, our behavior becomes a vital part of human ecology as we address climate and habitat change.
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Gay and Arab in the Trump Era
I am an Arab homosexual. I have a rough beard and it digs out moan after moan when grazing the asses of my lovers. In my native country, I am queer and flirting with danger.
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Assault on Our Performance Spaces!
Spaces like this one are (or were) open to all ages, which was great for younger folks who can’t get into nighttime gay bars; they hosted local activist groups and offered tangible solutions for change at the regional level; they cooked up fresh food for people passing through; put on clothing swap parties; and, mostMore
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Make America Sick Again
THE 2016 ELECTION stands to have far-reaching effects on public policy affecting LGBT people and people living with HIV, both in the U.S. and abroad. It is in the area of health policy that the LGBT community and people living with HIV (PLWH) stand to lose the most.
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A Year in La DolceVita Rome
EDMUND WHITE lived in Rome for most of 1970. It was his first time living abroad—Paris would come much later—and while his “Roman holiday” lasted less than a year, he included various episodes from his Italian stay in a number of his writings, including in memoirs, essays, and novels. Clearly his time in Rome leftMore
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The Other France
A coming-of-age story, The End of Eddy describes in graphic detail the tribulations of a gay teenager growing up in the depressed northern region of France during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
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The Black Penguin is a thrilling book not only because Evans survives a bus trip to the bottom of South America but also because the Mormon Church disapproves of his homosexuality—a story that forms, in alternating chapters, a tale as harrowing as his journey to Antarctica.
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Two Forces of Nature on a Collision Course
Many more albums would follow over the ensuing fifteen years, featuring numerous songs that are now standards by Freddie Mercury, notably “Somebody to Love” (1976, the source of this book’s title), “We Are the Champions” (1977), and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (1979).
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Lynn Comella is an associate professor of gender and sexuality at the University of Nevada, and Vibrator Nation represents a two-decade project that became her dissertation in communications.
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Nicoletta’s images in LGBT San Francisco can be read as an epic narrative: not a static moment but an unfolding drama. There are images of Sean Penn and Harvey Milk placed side-by-side, and there are juxtaposed reenactments such as: Supervisor Harvey Milk’s Inaugural Walk from Castro Street to City Hall
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An Activist on Three Fronts
In Jane Crow, Rosalind Rosenberg delineates Murray’s education, career, and personal life in the context of American history.
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Jonathan Strong’s new novel, Quit the Race, deals with the challenges of old age. A persistent theme of his writing, the difficulty of knowing another person or even of knowing one’s own heart, permeates this latest addition to his impressive œuvre.
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Short Reviews
Book reviews of Prince Harry: Boy to Man, “The Man Who Thought Himself a Woman”, Guide to Manly Health & Training, and Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings.
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Person and Persona
CLAUDE CAHUN may not be particularly well known outside the art world, but this highly readable biography of the 20th-century French writer, artist, and photographer ought to help change this situation.
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Latin Cinema Grows Up
At times Venkatesh’s categorization of Maricón and New Maricón cinema comes across as a distinction between “gay” and “queer” films. To an extent this analogy holds true.
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In After the Blue Hour, the narrator bears the name of the author himself. A preface informs us that the 24-year-old John Rechy has received a letter, forwarded by his publisher, from a man who admires two short stories recently published in magazines, and extends an invitation to spend the summer with him on hisMore
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Florine Stettheimer is remarkable as a woman and artist because, although a privileged white intellectual, she knew that she had both the freedom and responsibility to represent what she saw as the truth.
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  COLORS play tricks on us. What we see is not always what we get. And what we think is not always what we see. Is seeing the same as perception? Is white the binary opposite of black? Can one exist without the other? As a queer, white, male artist, I’m closely following the politicalMore
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That Little Caesar served as the model for the American gangster film is made all the more noteworthy by the way in which Rico is depicted, to the extent possible in this era, as ambiguously gay. Unlike his cohorts, he shows little interest in the opposite sex. When women are mentioned, he snarls contemptuously, “Women!More
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Film Reviews
Reviews of the films God’s Own Country, Tom of Finland, After Louie, and Beach Rats.
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BTW
Ken Just Got a New Look! Lots of new looks, in fact: new body types (“slim,” “broad,” and “original”), new skin tones, and nine hair styles (including the man bun). And those outfits!
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Letters to the Editor
  Author Responds to a Book Review To the Editor: Reviewing my memoir, My Father’s Closet (July-August 2017 issue), Dale Boyer captured the essence of my lifelong dilemma as the child of a closeted father. During a recent book tour, a man approached me to say that my father and his gay partner frequented hisMore
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IN MAY of this year, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reported a startling poll finding: 39 percent of Americans believe there’s at least a fifty percent chance that climate change will kill off the human race.
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Baklas are effeminate men who dress in women’s garb and consider themselves in every way to be female.
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The Perils of Polyamory
Afterglow, based in part on S. Asher Gelman’s own experience with an extra-marital relationship, shows that he can write strong individual scenes for his actors that have the ring of truth.
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The Great Work Continues!
Lane’s performance in this production is simply jaw-dropping. Kushner’s pleasure in writing such a dark character is evident: he gave Cohn a lot of the best lines.
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THE TITLE of this eight-part series that aired on FX refers to the famous feud between those titans of Tinseltown who costarred in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.
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