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The Narrator Survives

  Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello Atria. 320 pages, $26.   WHEN MICHAEL AUSIELLO spotted Christopher “Kit” Cowan at a New York event for gay athletes, it was a match made in Manhattan, but there is no happy ending to this boy-meets-boy love story. To say so is not to ruin anything […]

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New Gene Theory Rests on Bad Science

Fundamentally, [Michael] Bailey believes that gender identity and sexual orientation (in men) are predominantly determined by congenital factors. These could include in utero hormonal molding of critical areas of the brain, but for the underlying cause Bailey strongly leans towards genes.

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A Confabulation of Poets

The response to Don Leon’s request for a new way of thinking about sexual variety was social shock. Early printings of this work were destroyed in one way or another, and the text became a rare and nearly mythical presence in gay history.

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Your Minority Status Has Changed Again

Amin Ghaziani’s Sex Cultures demonstrates how to bring LGBT Studies to a broad undergraduate audience.

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‘The Closet’ Made Me Do It

CLOSET SONNETS is structured in one of those postmodern ways that remains intriguing. The text is supposedly the life work of G. S. Crown, a thoughtful if somewhat conventional scholar, professor, husband, and father.

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Short Reviews

Reviews of the following books: Our Time: San Francisco in the ‘70s; Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes; How to Survive a Summer: A Novel; Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer; So Famous and So Gay: The Fabulous; and Kingdom Come: A Fantasia.

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He Made It Cosmic to Be ‘Different’

Forever Stardust is written from the perspective of an obvious fan who is never fawning or shallow.

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What Makes a Culture Tolerant?

What accounts for the range of differences in acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons throughout the world?

In Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality, sociologist Amy Adamczyk has woven an impressive tapestry of nuanced answers to this urgent and complex question.

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Musical Orientation

In Lou Harrison, Bill Alves and Brett Campbell have written an eminently scholarly, fair-minded, and exhaustive biography of a composer they claim enjoyed “one of the richest lives ever lived in American arts.”

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On Disability’s Frontier

In The Province Of The Gods is a finely honed philosophical and autobiographical reflection on transcendence and self-acceptance.

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