Browsing: Around the World

May-June 2003

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That this is “not the American issue” is not a political statement but instead a comment on the odd fact that the cover of this “international” issue sports a…More

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HALFWAY UP the stairs to the second-floor entrance of The Museum of Ancient Chinese Sex Culture in Shanghai, one comes to a landing. There, set up on a pedestal, a kitschy, 19th-century porcelain statue of Guanyin, the goddess of compassion, greets the visitor.

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GAY MEN AND LESBIANS comprise an estimated three to four percent of China’s 1.2 billion people, which yields a range of 36 million to 48 million people. If the…More

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Israel’s largest gay and lesbian organization, Aguda, estimates that between 350 and 450 gay-identified Palestinian men, mostly under the age of 26, live illegally inside of Israel.

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The myth persists that there are no gays or lesbians in India, and this undermines the development of a collective gay or lesbian identity.

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WHEN I read the poems of Robert Friend, I always sense the relationship to my own poetry. It is true that W. H. Auden and Constantine Cavafy were major influences on me almost from the beginning, but …

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IN SOME 200 YEARS, Spain has gone from a country that imposed the death penalty for sodomy to one that legally recognizes same-sex couples. Most of this progress has…More

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I was still in love with my consciousness-raising group when, in February, 1972, we all went to the second National Women’s Liberation Conference at Acton Town Hall.

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The only people who ever took this simple play on words seriously were those who feared the spread of homosexual influence. In mere conversations, they saw plots; in groups of friends, conspiracies.

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