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November-December 2012

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Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America by Lynne Gerber
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READING THIS BOOK, which compares the methods and results used by the evangelical Christian weight loss program First Place with those of ex-gay ministries such as Exodus International, I kept thinking about Tina Fey’s adaptation of the book Queen Bees and Wannabes (2002) into the screenplay for Mean Girls. …

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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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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister Edited by Helena Whitbread
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A SECRET DIARY-seduction, romance, lesbian love, sexual passages written in code-are all packaged in this one volume that chronicles the life of a most extraordinary 19th-century English gentlewoman, Anne Lister …

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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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No Time to Lose by Peter Piot
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RIGHT from the opening pages, No Time to Lose immerses readers in excitement of the sort one might find in a Hemingway or Burroughs novel. But the excitement lies not in a fictional tale but in the discovery of deadly viruses in Africa at a time of human catastrophes and scientific breakthroughs. …

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… When this piece was published in the Summer 1998 issue of the HGLR, Kamani was teaching at Mills College in Oakland, California, and had recently published a book of short stores called Junglee Girl. She currently does development work in the Dominican Republic.

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Montreal’s Gay Village: The Story of a Unique Urban Neighborhood through the Sociological Lens by Donald W. Hinrichs
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Reviews of the books Intimacy and Sexuality in the Age of Shakespeare, Red Nails, Black Skates, The Letter Q, Banned in Boston, Montreal’s Gay Village, Margins of Tolerance:  Stories, and the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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… This piece is from the Spring 1998 issue of the HGLR. Browning would go on to have a distinguished career as a journalist in the Paris bureau of National Public Radio.

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Films on the Circuit Show a Genre in Flux
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NEW YORK’s GLBT film series, NewFest 2012, was a milestone this year. The East Coast organizers have partnered with Los Angeles Outfest, and programming was held at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in cooperation with the Film Society of Lincoln Center. …

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Editor’s Note: The term “homosexual” was a medical diagnosis before it was a sexual orientation, first defined as an anatomical abnormality and then, starting in the early 20th century, as a psychological disorder subject to treatment and cure. This designation held until the pyschiatric establishment finally abandoned it in the 1970’s. Much has been written about this long and torturous history, starting with the work of Michel Foucault; but this important article by Vernon Rosario, a psychiatrist and a frequent contributor to these pages over the years, stands as a singularly succinct history of the medical model. This article appeared in the HGLR’s Fall 1999 issue.

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