• Alex Lahey, a Balladeer from Down Under

    Alex Lahey (born “Alexandria”) has eclectic tastes. She grew up listening to the Ramones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and even Dolly Parton. Surely this is part of her appeal, which transcends social groups.

  • Kenya Betrays Its Promise to LGBT People

    Despite these guarantees, such rights and freedoms are not enjoyed by many in Kenya’s LGBT community, whose members continue to struggle for recognition and inclusion. Even though there has been a proliferation of gay groups and organizations since the mid-2000s to promote awareness, education, and tolerance, LGBT people in Kenya face deep-rooted intolerance.

  • ‘Violence is a very complex thing.’

    Philip Gambone talks with Édouard Louis, the author of The End of Eddy.

  • Mme Yourcenar in Maine

    When two lives are as intimately entwined as those of Marguerite Yourcenar and Grace Frick, there comes a point at which the disparagement of the one yields a distorted portrayal of the other.

  • Guess Who Hosted Voltaire in Paris

    Claude Manceron’s interest in Villette, fils, arose from the historical fact that, as a friend of Voltaire, the Marquis de Villette became the philosopher’s host in Paris when the old man decided in February of 1778 that it was safe to return home.

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Introducing: A Gay History of the World

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What’s Hiding in Plain Sight at the MFA

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Mathilde Krim (1926–2018): A Personal Reflection

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Artist Profile: John-Manuel Andriote, author of Stonewall Strong

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Easy Marks

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