Roman Camp: The Case of Catullus 16
COULD what we call “camp” turn out to be, like aqueducts and concrete, an invention of the ancient Romans? Roman poets such as Catullus, Martial, and Juvenal are notorious for their ridicule of freeborn Roman males who submit to sexual penetration. These poets regularly label their male peers with Latin terms such as cinaedus, pathicus,More
The Love Letters of J. J. Winckelmann
THE ACHIEVEMENTS of antiquarian and art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717–1768), the representative gay æsthete of his century, are not in dispute. Winckelmann, the son of a northern German cobbler, moved to Rome and became the librarian of Cardinal Albani and curator of Roman antiquities in the Vatican. He was the leading spirit behind theMore
The Natural Thoreau
IN RECENT YEARS, biographers of Henry David Thoreau have begun to speculate more openly about the sexual orientation of “the patron saint of environmentalists,” a man who never married in an age when marriage was de rigueur. …
Simeon Solomon’s Shame-Free Art
IN THE HISTORY of homosexuality in Victorian England, Simeon Solomon has re-emerged as a significant figure. A Jewish painter among the Pre-Raphaelites, Solomon was arrested on February 11, 1873, in a public urinal with another man and charged with attempted sodomy. …
Gender Bending in Early Postcards
This article focuses on commercially produced postcards that were printed in large numbers and circulated widely throughout the world. Real photo postcards, in contrast, whether produced by professional or amateur photographers, also provide valuable insights into social history but were most often printed in limited numbers, and their images can be difficult if not impossibleMore
What Became of The Intersexes?
Edward Irenaeus Prime-Stevenson (1858-1942), although known to a few gay scholars, is not exactly a household name. This is not surprising, if only because he always hid behind a pseudonym when writing his gay-themed works. He also lied about his age and enjoyed hoodwinking an audience whenever he could. More to the point, his worksMore
I Rise in Flames, Cried the Phoenix
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The Making of a Film Archive Activist
It is to Michael Schiavi’s credit that he manages in Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo to give equal weight to both sides of Russo’s work: as a student of Hollywood and as a gay activist. …
No Fags in the Foxhole
[This] memoir is recommended reading for anyone who might think that a gay soldier might be any less devoted, dedicated, or deserving of military honors than a straight one. In fact, the former carries more invisible scars than their heterosexual brothers and sisters in arms.
Men under Arms with Bonaparte
THE FIRST THING I liked about this book was its interpretative honesty. It is a work of solid historiography and level-headed literary analysis.
NEAR THE END of this brilliant study, Kevin Ohi draws a comparison that is surprisingly down-to-earth in a book that expresses complex ideas in the highly technical language of contemporary literary criticism and queer studies.
Human Subjects Bare All
GAY MEN have larger penises on average than do straight men … This is just one of numerous findings brought to light by co-authors Ogi Ogas, a computational neuroscientist, and Sai Gaddam …
Reviews of Great Speeches on Gay Rights, Over the Rainbow: Queer Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and Shades of Love.
Deadly Sins in Venice
“THOUGH THERE ARE some disagreeable things in Venice,” Henry James once wrote, “there is nothing so disagreeable as the visitors.” In the rank and twisted world of The Venetian Boy, however, author Michael Willhoite populates this coming-of-age novel set in the 1970’s entirely with unsavory characters, both visitors to the City of Canals and residentsMore
The Wondering Years
COMING OUT and coming-of-age are certainly well-worn themes in gay literature, so it’s refreshing to see a young writer like Ryan Van Meter taking them in different directions. … If You Knew Then What I Know Now, a collection of fourteen interlocking and inventive personal essays, is the Missouri-born author’s first book, yet his writingMore
My Mother, Not Myself
AWARD-WINNING Scottish poet, playwright, educator, and novelist Jackie Kay may not yet have the name recognition in the U.S. that she deserves, but Queen Elizabeth appreciates her …
Camping It Down
“CAMP” is a slippery term with an array of denotations ranging from generally humorous, corny, or sentimental to specifically effeminate or gay. Moe Meyer argues that the only genuine “Camp” (with a big C) is exclusively a gay phenomenon …
Straight for Pay
THE HUSTLERS in New York Hustlers are self-identified straight men who exchange sex for money with a homosexual clientele. Reay claims that through this lens he can examine a slice of heterosexuality as well, since these men cross over the great divide between homo- and heterosexual worlds.
Time on the Qross
THIS BOOK is the first in a Beacon Press series, “ReVisioning American History,” that’s dedicated to exploring our nation’s past from the perspective of those “who have been excluded from the canon.”
Queen for the Hardcore
In Is This the Real Life? Blake doesn’t seem to have missed a single event in the lives of the men who were Queen.
Those Overachieving L’s
ERIN McHUGH has written in The L Life a wide-ranging set of profiles of noteworthy contemporary lesbians. This handsome book introduces “remarkable lesbians” that she interviewed and studied in depth.
Masters of Our Domain
SEX PANIC and the Punitive State is part polemic, part social history, and part personal story about the policing of sexual behavior in the United States.
THE CHIEF PLEASURE of this varied anthology lies in its imaginative breadth. Editor Connie Wilkins has collected fourteen stories from established and emerging writers of GLBT fiction that speak to both the “queer” and the “histories” of the subtitle
As proof of the show’s growing popularity, five million viewers caught the Season Two finale, while more than twice that number tuned in for weekly installments of Season Three. The show’s political subtext has even attracted scholarly attention: the collection True Blood and Philosophy (2010) includes such chapter titles as “Coming Out of the CoffinMore
How ‘It Gets Better’ Is Making It Better
ONE of the most uplifting responses to the wave of gay teen suicides that occurred in the fall of 2010 was the ‘it Gets Better’ campaign launched by columnist Dan Savage.
Michael Hattersley, GLR Stalwart and Dear Friend
I WRITE in two capacities: first, as someone who counted Michael Hattersley among my very closest of friends, and second, as the editor of this magazine, to which Michael was a frequent contributor over a fifteen-year period. …
Doric Wilson and Lanford Wilson of Caffe Cino Fame
BY A SAD COINCIDENCE, two prominent pioneers of gay theatre who shared the same surname died within weeks of each other. Lanford Wilson died on March 24 at age 73 at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island …
The Many Lives of Malcolm Boyd
FIFTY YEARS AGO, the Freedom Riders made history. It was an ugly time, much more divided and dangerous even than our own. … One rider was an Episcopal priest in his late thirties: a sexually confused, former Hollywood executive named Malcolm Boyd …