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March – April, 2012

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THIS IS THE SECOND PART of my interview with Edmund White, in which he discusses two books that have recently been released: Jack Holmes and His Friend, a novel; and Sacred Monsters …

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Gittings and Kameny
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… Today, [Kay Tobin] Lahusen continues the work, putting together a photographic history of the early days of gay activism for the New York Public Library. The APA continues to evolve. …

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… Córdova describes herself as a “centrist” in the context of the New Left, gay rights, and the lesbian-feminist politics of the 70’s. Like many of her contemporaries, she left home in her late teens when she could no longer hide her sexual identity …

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Barbara Grier
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DESCRIBING herself as not particularly easy to get along with, remembered by one well-known writer as “irascible and cantankerous,” Barbara Grier (1933-2011) was also remembered as visionary and courageous, generous, kind, and nurturing to writers. …

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FRANK KAMENY’S death last fall has pushed me to think about historical reputation. How do we evaluate the lives of those in the broad GLBT community who have assumed public roles, particularly in the world of political activism? Who gets memorialized? Who gets remembered as a hero? What achievements bring recognition on the historical record card?

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… As retold multiple times in The Fire in Moonlight: Stories from the Radical Faeries, a new anthology edited by Mark Thompson, the Radical Faeries officially began in 1979, with the ‘spiritual conference for radical fairies’ convened by three main organizers: …

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James Deen
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Takes on news of the day

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AN ACTIVIST since the early 1970’s, Charles Silverstein was one of the key petitioners at the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 “Nomenclature Committee.” He argued successfully for the removal of homosexuality as a category of mental illness in the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual—a critical development which, as Silverstein argues in his new memoir …

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… Filled with wisdom, humor, and the kind of contentment that only comes when an author has found his or her rightful place in the world, The Choosing is one of those books that leaves you feeling oddly serene, as if you’ve been gently counseled at length by someone of the Cloth. …

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… the first Korean same-sex writer to reach a global audience will be Gi Hyeong-do (1960-1989), a well-known poet to Koreans who famously died at age 29 in a gay sex theatre in Seoul’s hidden gay district. …

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