Browsing: The Body Modified

July – August, 2011

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An Obscene Diary: The Visual World of Sam Steward Edited by Justin Spring Elysium Press/Antinous Press 320 pages (illustrated), $150. READERS of Justin Spring’s recent biography, Secret Historian: The…More

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Soon after The Normal Heart opened at the Golden Theater in late April, and just before he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor, I discussed the challenges of his role, and of being an out actor in homophobic Hollywood.

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Understanding eating disorders within the gay community requires examination on multiple fronts. Personal stories need to be told. Research needs to be put into perspective. The facts need to be absorbed into the larger context of gay identity.

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THE TITLE of this haunting first novel by Amber Dawn literally means “beneath the rose,” usually applied to a secret meeting. In this case, Sub Rosa is an actual neighborhood that exists in its own dimension in a city that resembles Vancouver, Canada.

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THIS CHARMING NOVEL follows a diverse group of Americans on their summer travels in Naples. The cast comes from all walks of life, including a tour group of older gay men “and their admirers” …

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BEFORE HIS DESIGNS for the Broadway production of Dracula and his animated titles for the television series Mystery! made him internationally famous, Edward Gorey was known mainly for a series of quirky little books of which he was not only the illustrator but the author and sometimes the publisher as well.

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BY IT’S VERY TITLE- The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures-we know that Tony Kushner, wunderkind extraordinaire, is presenting a play dense with ideas and extravagant language. Kushner does not shy away from these charges, which have also been applied to his outsize masterpiece Angels in America.

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… I discovered the exquisite work of George Platt Lynes (1907-1955), mostly through my friend and colleague, photographer Duane Michals. I had seen an image or two in exhibits, but Duane showed me a new book by Jack Woody of Lynes’ work, and I became a fan.

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ONE OF THE PURPOSES of the Immigration and Nationality Act is to unite families. Consistent with that aim, Immigration has allowed gay U.S. citizen couples to adopt foreign children for the last eighteen years and, since 2005, has granted post-operative transsexual binational married couples the same recognition and treatment currently enjoyed by traditional binational married and engaged couples. Nonetheless, same-sex binational couples still do not enjoy the same immigration benefits shared by opposite-sex counterparts

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