Browsing: Rights Around the World

May – June, 2013

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LAST YEAR will be remembered in contemporary Russian history as the year in which politics returned to the country. For the first time since Vladimir Putin came to power in 1999, Russia saw large civil protests and political debates both in the parliament and in the media. …

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A Horse Named Sorrow by Trebor Healey
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TREBOR HEALEY’S LATEST NOVEL, A Horse Named Sorrow, is a painfully beautiful book. It’s also gloriously sexy and, along with Michelle Tea’s Valencia (2000), it’s among the finest depictions of queer life in 1990s San Francisco. …

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LARRY MITCHELL helped clear the way for many of us, even if we didn’t know it. When I met Larry in 2008 to interview him for this magazine, we discovered that we had grown up thirty miles apart in Indiana … Only after I made my way to graduate school in Indiana, and then to New York, and then onto the faculty of the College of Staten Island, CUNY, did I learn that I’d been following Larry around my whole life. …

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… POET AND PLAYWRIGHT Federico García Lorca was one of the hundreds of thousands of people executed by Franco’s forces during the Spanish Civil War. Today he has grabbed such a powerful hold on Spain’s cultural imagination that a photograph of his face is used as the logo for the city of Granada’s tourism industry.. …

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Jenny Kidd by Laury A. Egan
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A YOUNG American artist, Jenny Kidd, has left a dull job and her overbearing parents behind to come to Venice. In New York, she feels trapped between her parents’ expectations, her need to make a living, and her desire to paint and teach or illustrate. In Venice, hoping that her paintings might provide a livelihood, she also explores her curiosity about lesbianism and her own sexuality. …

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Diana King
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Jamaica has long held the reputation as the most homophobic nation in the western hemisphere; but Diana King’s arrival has permanently altered its anti-gay image …

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Cuban Art Exhibit
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ONE OF THE MOST prestigious art galleries in Havana is La Acacia, is placed in a highly touristic zone of the city. An unusual art show took place in that gallery from January 18 to February 28 of this year called Sex in the City, a collective exhibition of homoerotic Cuban art.

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How to Earn Your Keep by Deahn Berrini
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DEAHN BERRINI’S How To Earn Your Keep is a tentative novel, full of almosts. It has aspects of a legal thriller, shadings of chick lit, and something akin to a coming out story, braided into a larger narrative about finding one’s moral compass in trying times. It’s an engaging mix, if hesitant in its delivery. …

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I’M LOOKING at 25 photographs of retired, wrecked masters of the sea, ocean liners laid up and languishing in disuse and decay. These photographs, from Stranded: The Twilight of the Ocean Liner: Photographs by Martin Cox, at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, illustrate the reverse velocity of technology, steely in these old ships …

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IN 2012, a Cuban friend who is an accomplished gay artist was able to visit the United States for the first time for a few months. Because Americans generally get their impressions of Cuba from either government propaganda or leftist sympathizers of the Cuban regime, I wanted to get the views of a nonpartisan independent Cuban with no particular axe to grind. I asked him to discuss life in Cuba near the end of his visit. For security reasons, he cannot be further identified. …

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