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By Phil Tarley
Rustin, Maestro, Fellow Travelers, and now a ghost story, All of Us Strangers, are among a number of films released last year, driven by queer characters.

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By Blake Smith
While there were a handful of openly gay publishers (such as Felice Picano and Winston Leyland) at small independent presses throughout the country, there wasn’t anything like a publicly gay man at one of the major publishing houses developing a line of fiction and non-fiction written by gay men for gay audiences before Denneny.

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By Steve Warren
We Live Here: The Midwest, a documentary by Melinda Maerker, profiles five queer families who have managed to make lives for themselves in traditionally conservative, rural places where they would seem to have a harder time fitting in: Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio and Minnesota.

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By Mary McGrath
My partner and I went home. I was crushed that my mom didn’t defend me. I was her daughter. He was a newcomer. When she picked him over me, I was devastated.

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By Jessica Max Stein
As I uncovered Hunt’s story, I was touched by how he came to terms with his sexuality over the course of his life. Hunt’s experience reflects similar journeys taken by other members of his generation, as one’s life often reflects one’s times.

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By Cory Allen
I was intent on having children; it was always a deal-breaker for me. I uprooted and relocated to San Francisco two years after our breakup in search of a better work-life balance.

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Book Reviews

A Power Couple in a Time of War

LIBERATED The Radical Art and Life of Claude Cahun by Kaz Rowe J. Paul Getty Trust. 96 pages, $19.95   CLAUDE CAHUN was an essayist, a novelist, a pamphleteer, a sculptor, an artist, a monologist, an actor, and a photographer during the early 20th-century Surrealist movement in France. In collaboration with Marcel Moore, Cahun createdMore

The Invisible Man

Interest in Rustin’s life and work has been growing. Previous works of note include John D’Emilio’s 2003 biography, which probed the impact of Rustin’s work and his struggles to maintain a public leadership role, and a collection of Rustin’s impassioned correspondence titled I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters, edited by Michael G. Long and published in 2012. Long has now edited a collection of essays by a range of Rustin scholars titled Bayard Rustin: A Legacy of Protest and Politics.

Another Brother Who Made It Happen

Since Strayhorn’s death, a handful of writers have worked to rescue him from Duke Ellington’s shadow. David Hajdu’s 1997 biography Lush Life and Walter van de Leur’s Something to Live For: The Music of Billy Strayhorn have solidified Strayhorn’s position as a major force in American jazz. To those titles we can add Lisa Barg’s new Queer Arrangements: Billy Strayhorn and Midcentury Jazz Collaboration, a scholarly examination of Strayhorn’s work and life as a queer Black artist working in a time of overt racism and homophobia.

Will & Grace & Maurice

Maurice is placed by media professor David Greven in a tradition of melancholy and lyrical gay films exemplified by Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, and later Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. Will & Grace’s pedigree is more I Love Lucy.

Poet of a Generation and Its Misfits

AS A WRITER and commentator for Rolling Stone and NPR, Will Hermes has zestfully illuminated the zeitgeist of various musical movements, placing them within their historical and cultural settings. His latest book is an examination of the complicated genius of Lou Reed, the drug-taking, gender-bending avatar of the leather, goth, glam, and punk music scenes. Many books have been written about the legend, but Lou Reed: The King of New York may well be the definitive biography.

Dramatist of Our Lives

Christopher Byrne’s biography, “A Man of Much Importance,” is welcome on several counts. First, despite the choppy way that it consigns McNally’s plays, operas, and work for television to separate chapters, the book does offer an accurate overview of McNally’s life that’s surprising in some of its details. For example, while McNally had spoken publicly about his parents’ alcoholism and his father’s beating him for his artsy behaviors and sassy comebacks as he grew up in Corpus Christi, Byrne is the first to report that McNally’s mother “interfered” (Byrne’s word) with him during his teenage years, which perhaps explains the sexually troubled relationship between mothers and sons in his plays.

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