Browsing: Election 2008 Issue

September – October, 2008

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Reviews of On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film; Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever; Chronicle of a Plague, Revisited; and The Beautiful Tendons: Uncollected Queer Poems, 1969 – 2007.

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ONE OF THE GREATEST ARTISTS of the 20th century, Robert Rauschenberg, died on May 12, 2008, at the age of 82. Protean and prolific, Rauschenberg was arguably the most significant artist-inventor in the history of American art

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THE TWO oldest children of Thomas Mann, both born in the earliest years of the 20th century, were possessed of enormous intellect, charm, and charisma. They were openly gay in the case of Klaus, bisexual in the case of Erika; and they were decades ahead of their time.

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… we in the GLBT community, as with American voters in general, are as energized as we’ve been in recent memory. It remains to be seen whether Barack Obama will become the truly enlightened leader he seems to be. But … I am confident that he will become a more perfect candidate insofar as gay rights are concerned- a powerful straight ally who stands with us, rather than against us, …

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THE MODERN American civil rights movement began at the 1948 Philadelphia Democratic convention when a hitherto unknown Minneapolis mayor, Hubert Humphrey, rose to defend the platform committee’s minority report on civil rights.

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NINETY-SEVEN THOUSAND, five hundred seventy-seven gay men-that’s how many “men who have sex with men” were newly diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. from 2001 to 2006. … More than 100,000 gay and bisexual men. The AIDS crisis never ended. In fact, it’s getting worse again.

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Directors Guido Santi and Tina Mascara’s documentary, Chris & Don: A Love Story, traces the events in the couple’s life through interviews with filmmakers, scholars and Bachardy himself, offering the viewer a quick and thorough look at a love that has not died. This interview with Don Bachardy was conducted in person, in Los Angeles, last June.

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[Sarah] Reece, the state field director of Equality for All, the organization coordinating the California campaign to defend the newly won right for same-sex couples to marry, is hardly a household name. Yet the success of her behind-the-scenes efforts, and those of others working with her, to organize at the grassroots level could be the key to defeating a ballot initiative that would make it unconstitutional in California for same-sex couples to marry.

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… At the Festival’s closing ceremony, drag performers kicked high and theatrical accomplishments were celebrated. The audience erupted when Tom Kirdahy promised: “Terrence and I will be here next year, when George Bush is gone from the White House!” …

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FROM THE STANDPOINT of GLBT rights, it now seems likely—although by no

means certain—that 2008 will be the year in which the political system

caught up to the country. I do not always subscribe to the view that

the public is ahead of the politicians in terms of enlightenment, but

on the question of protecting people against discrimination based on

sexual orientation or gender identity, the voters have been ahead of

the politicians.

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