The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide (The G&LR) is a bimonthly magazine targeting an educated readership of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) men and women. Under the tagline, “a bimonthly journal of history, culture, and politics,” The G&LR publishes essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as reviews of books, movies, and plays.
To provide a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men; to advance gay and lesbian culture by providing a quality vehicle for its best writers and thinkers; and to educate a broader public on gay and lesbian topics.
With the publication of the first issue in the winter of 1994, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review rushed into a huge vacuum in gay and lesbian literary culture — a void that stretched all the way from The Atlantic and The New Republic to The New York Review of Books. Nowhere in Gaydom was there a journal for the literate non-specialist, offering the best writing and thinking our culture had to offer, covering a wide range of topics, handsomely produced, and always a pleasure to read.
This was the kind of publication The G&LR set out to become — all based on the hunch that there was a critical mass of curious, intelligent lesbians and gay men out there capable of supporting such a journal. The fact that we’re now in our eighteenth year and still going strong attests to the existence of such a readership, one that wants to be challenged by the play of ideas and to explore our issues insightfully and in depth. Of course, to appeal to this community, this journal would have to be keenly edited and smartly produced.
The G&LR has become the place where the big debates about gay and lesbian culture and politics are often played out. “It’s our intellectual journal,” remarked Larry Kramer in The New York Times.
The G&LR, now in its twenty fourth year of publication, has a circulation of about 9,000 regular subscribers, and is widely regarded as the leading GLBT cultural and intellectual magazine in the U.S.
Each issue is organized around a theme, such as “The Science of Homosexuality,” “Human Rights around the World,” and “Virtual Communities,” and includes about a half-dozen essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as reviews of books, movies, and plays. A few poems also appear in each issue, along with letters to the editor, an artist’s profiles, and an international spectrum column. The goal is always to cover a topic from a range of perspectives by featuring a number of the leading contributors in the field.
The importance of The G&LR as a national forum was recognized by Library Journal after our first year of publication, which dubbed us “the journal of record” for the discussion of gay and lesbian topics. The New York Times ran a major feature article on the magazine, highlighting its role as a major force in current gay and lesbian intellectual life.
STAFF and BOARD
Editor-in-Chief and Founder
Richard received his PhD in sociology from Harvard in the early 1980’s. He taught sociology and anthropology as an “itinerant scholar” for the University of Maryland’s European Division for the next five years. He then returned to Boston to become the Director of Research for a Boston-based consulting firm, The Center for Strategy Research, where he remained through most of the 90’s. He founded The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review in 1994 and has remained its editor and de facto publisher ever since.
Martha E. Stone
Daniel Burr, Colin Carman, Allen Ellenzweig, Chris Freeman, Cassandra Langer, Andrew Holleran, Jim Nawrocki, James Polchin, Vernon Rosario
Development and Advertising Manager
Board of Directors
Stewart Clifford (Chairman)
Donald Gorton (Clerk)
Richard Schneider, Jr. (President)
Martha E. Stone
Thomas Youngren (Treasurer)