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  • The Other France

    A coming-of-age story, The End of Eddy describes in graphic detail the tribulations of a gay teenager growing up in the depressed northern region of France during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

  • The Philippines: Make Way for the Baklas

    Baklas are effeminate men who dress in women’s garb and consider themselves in every way to be female. You may occasionally see them in other Asian countries, but their sheer numbers here, and their widespread acceptance, is what sets the Philippines apart.

  • People of Colors vs. the Whiteness House

    People of Colors employs naturally colored sand as paint, drawing on recent fashion magazine advertisements. Working with the sands of time for over thirty years—encrusting cars and a motel, sandblasting and filling a car—these sand drawings seem frail and intimate.

  • Why Is a Gay Man Hiding in Little Caesar?

    EDWARD G. ROBINSON’S portrayal of Caesar Enrico Bandello in the 1931 film Little Caesar helped create the movie gangster archetype. Writer Jason Fraley describes Little Caesar as introducing the antihero chasing a lawless American Dream.

  • An Activist on Three Fronts

    In Jane Crow, Rosalind Rosenberg delineates [Pauli] Murray’s education, career, and personal life in the context of American history. We see Murray as a young woman struggling against Jim Crow laws in the South, becoming a member of the Communist Party Opposition, and working for the Negro People’s Committee to Aid Spanish Refugees.

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Get to Know Chavela: A Mexican Singer Who Owned the Room

  CHAVELA VARGAS (1919-2012) was a Mexican singer who was and remains iconic in Mexico. Chavela is a beautifully made documentary that has been playing the film-fest circuit and is set to open in wide release. Born Isabel Vargas in Costa Rica, reviled from early childhood as not being like all the other little girls, […]

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Warhol/Capote Premieres—But Not in New York

    “Truman is magic” says an awestruck Andy Warhol a couple of times in the course of Warhol/Capote, a ninety-minute play having its world premiere in Cambridge Mass. this fall. Stephen Spinella (Warhol) and Dan Butler (Capote) have captured each man’s unique vocal styles and body language, and their personae come across the stage […]

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John Ashbery Remembered by a Fellow Poet

Though he liked to drink (too much, truth to tell) John didn’t frequent gay bars. People came to him. In Paris he was partnered with the poet Pierre Martory for several years and later provided translations of a volume of his poems.

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Mark Merlis: An Appreciation

In An Arrow’s Flight, certainly one of the most original novels of the last half-century, two tiny marks left on Philoctetes’ ankle by a snakebite change everything, even the fate of the most beautiful city on earth.

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Mark Merlis: An Obituary

  Mark Merlis—author of four groundbreaking gay novels – died on August 15th 2017 in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital. The cause of death was pneumonia, related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which he had been diagnosed with just a year ago. Aged 67, Merlis is survived by his life partner – and since […]

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Where the Boys Are

  From the annals of recent experience: a visit to Marshall’s to buy a pair of boxer briefs. Well, I can remember when the bulges on the packages were air-brushed so thoroughly that you wondered where the willies went. Today, of course, quite the opposite effect is cultivated. As luck would have it, minutes earlier […]

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