Browsing: Issue #100

November – December, 2012

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… Stewart’s book is novelistic, artfully non-chronological, and it captures its subject matter vividly. Indeed, in his foreword he pointedly assures the reader: ‘Everything written here really happened.’ One soon learns why this assurance is necessary. …

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Editor’s Note: A controversy that was raging in the 90’s came to be called the “lesbian sex wars,” and this piece is an entry into that debate. Two (non-gay) female writers, Catharine MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin, had separately staked out a position that pornography was inherently exploitative of and even violent toward women, and they called for its censorship-allying themselves with leaders on the religious Right who were no friends of GLBT equality or, to say the least, sexual liberation. Here is Laura Anoniou’s response to these feminists, including her take on the newly published book by Nadine Strossen titled Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights (1995). This piece was published in the Summer 1995 issue of The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review. …

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The Fan Who Knew Too Much: Aretha Franklin, The Rise of Soap Opera, Children of the Gospel Church, and Other Meditations by Anthony Heilbut
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THERE ARE FANS, and then there are fanatics. … each with its own set of divas and devotional practices. Less well known are the many gay men who are devotees of gospel music. These so-called gospel sissies are no less committed to their music and no less central to its existence, but their relationship to their music has always been much more complicated. This fraught fandom is the organizing focus of Anthony Heilbut’s new book, The Fan Who Knew Too Much. …

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Takes on news of the day

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Gay Memory Edmund White
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Editor’s Note: Following is an edited transcript of a speech that Edmund White delivered at the OutWrite conference in Boston on February 23, 1996. For most of the years through the 1990’s, OutWrite was an annual, weekend-long event held in Boston, usually in the dead of winter. This was a great stroke of luck for the editors of the HGLR, which is published in Boston, as it provided a means for them to meet and schmooze with GLBT writers and introduce them to the magazine.

Of the many memorable keynote speeches that emerged from these conferences, this one by Edmund White stands out, …

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Gore Vidal, Gay Hero in Spite of Himself
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… I learned much from Gore Vidal, not least that if one craves fame, one can never be certain that one is famous enough. I spent considerable time with him when my book, Gore Vidal’s America, was published in November 2005, and there was something very sad about his constant need to reassure himself of his importance …

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… This article, which appeared in the Fall 1997 issue, reminds us that once there was a time when not everyone in the GLBT movement was on board with the idea that same-sex marriage should be at the top of our agenda. Ettelbrick opposed this objective on feminist grounds, and it’s interesting to note that her main argument against same-sex marriage is that it will only strengthen a bad institution-the exact antithesis of the conservative claim that letting gay people get married will fatally harm the institution of marriage itself.

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