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  • Edward Albee, 2009. Photo by Dimitris Yeros.

    A Farewell to Edward Albee

    Edward Albee died on Friday, September 16th, 2016, at the age of 88. He passed away at his summer home in Montauk, New York, after a short illness. He was one of the most important and iconic American playwrights of the 20th century.

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    What Is Sex? What Is Gender?

    As we look beyond the contemporary West, we encounter a huge variety of cultural forms and institutions inhabited by transgender and third gender people. Among the best studied transgender-like cultural forms are the so-called “two-spirit” people of many Native American nations and tribes.

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    Gender Fluidity in Hawaiian Culture

    In pre-Christian Hawaii, Māhū was a category of revered and admired individuals. Māhūs were regarded as the keepers of certain customs, and they played a vital role in passing on their wisdom to the next generations through traditional practices, such as hula and chant. They were what we would term transgender.

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    Karla Jay: The Making of a ‘Lavender Menace’

    Karla Jay, interviewed by Hilary Holladay

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    The Afterlife of a 1950s Sex Symbol

    Tab Hunter Confidential tells a story of social significance and perseverance; it supplements the memoir of a decade ago.

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