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September-October 2012

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Anti-Americanism is perhaps an expected feature of French public education, at least according to a study conducted by Barbara Lefebvre and Eve Bonnivard in 2004, which suggested that French textbooks are anti-American to the point that French high school students might be led to wonder, “could it be that all evils in the world are caused either indirectly or directly by the actions of the United States?” (Lefebvre and Bonnivard, 2005). It is true that 2004 reflected a high point in anti-American sentiment in France, and it is reasonable to assume that things have calmed down since then. Yet …

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IN JUNE 1998, fifteen anti-gay organizations launched the ‘ex-gay’ Truth in Love campaign with full-page ads in America’s largest newspapers. The first ad appeared in The New York Times and featured an ‘ex-lesbian’ who smiled under the optimistic headline, “I’m Living Proof That The Truth Can Set You Free.”

The religious right jumped on the “ex-gay” bandwagon because its traditional fire-and-brimstone rhetoric was beginning to backfire. …

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HEN SPAIN became the third country in the world to grant same-sex couples the freedom to marry in 2005, it came as a surprise to many watching from the United States. How could a traditional, Catholic country that had been under a fascist dictatorship for most of the 20th century suddenly be at the forefront of marriage equality for same-sex couples?

Spanish GLBT rights activists describe the change in dramatic terms: …

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EVEN IN THE FIRST DECADE of the now three-decade-long HIV/Aids plague, there was already talk about ‘the changing face’ of the epidemic. …

While it’s true that the proportion of minorities with HIV has risen over the years, the fact is that, since AIDS was first reported among a group of gay men in 1981, gay and bisexual men of all colors continue to account for by far the largest number of those infected with HIV, those at risk for infection, and those living with untreated HIV. Like it or not, HIV/Aids in America is still a profoundly “gay” disease. …

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Thoughts on news of the day.

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This new collection of [Bayard] Rustin’s letters is also a publishing first, and it will undoubtedly do much to help more people appreciate Rustin’s contributions to the Civil Rights movement. …

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ADRIENNE RICH wrote the poetry and essays that inspired me in my writing. She spoke of desire, community politics, and, above all, of love. Her primary subjects focused on radical ideas about political freedom and social justice. Born in Baltimore in 1929, Rich wrote over thirty volumes of poetry and prose over a sixty-year period and inspired generations of feminist writers. Early on, her work received high praise from the poet W. H. Auden. …

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Gay Lives by Robert Aldrich
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SOME BOOKS are meant to be read cover-to-cover: Madame Bovary, War and Peace, Fifty Shades of Grey. Others may be dipped into at any point, since there is no continuous narrative, only-as in the case at hand-self-contained accounts that take a few pages each. Gay Lives, by Robert Aldrich, a professor of European History at the University of Sydney, belongs to the latter category. …

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ONE SPRING DAY in 1922, Virginia Woolf saw her friend E. M. Forster, then 43, on a London street, and later wrote in her diary: “The middle age of buggers is not to be contemplated without horror.” What would she think of Wendy Moffa’s much-praised biography of Forster, A Great Unrecorded History (2010), with its focus on her friend’s sexuality? …

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