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Evolutionary Origins of Homosexuality

Male homosexuality appears to have arisen via human evolution because of its potential benefits for the functionality and survivability of the family.

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Eyewitness to the Alger Hiss Case

The attacks on Alger Hiss came from none other than the future president Richard Nixon, who was hoping to win his first term in the U.S. Senate. Also attacking Hiss was the notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose purge of suspected Communists was in full swing, and his lawyer Roy Cohn, a closeted gay man.

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The Unreliable Tenderness of the World

The irony that lies behind a fascinating new collection of the two men’s letters, The Luck of Friendship (expertly edited by Peggy L. Fox and Thomas Keith), is our knowledge that Williams wanted both commercial and literary success.

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Why Auden and Kallman Endured

What made Kallman a better candidate for Auden’s affections than previous attachments was their shared class origins, Kallman’s precocious intelligence, and his passion for language.

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Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

Tulsa is one of the gayest cities going; it’s just that its queer citizenry relies on the old dodges of the closet to get around the homophobia that televangelism seems to unleash.

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Fire Island: The Democratic Years

    At the end of his tandem review of my three memoirs, Ambidextrous, Men Who Loved Me, and A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay, the respected critic Jesse Monteagudo, referring to the last of the three, wrote in a weekly online magazine, Gaytoday/badpuppy.com, that “Picano’s Fire Island excluded eighty percent […]

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Philadelphia Stories

  IN HIS DIARIES Christopher Isherwood wrote about going to Philadelphia’s Camac Street Baths when he worked on Philadelphia’s Main Line as a conscientious objector. The time was WW II and Isherwood, riding the train from Haverford into the city, noted that “The men were tall, bony, big shouldered, fair haired and quite nice looking, […]

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An RV Park of One’s Own

The idea was to establish a home base that would be safe for women in general and lesbians in particular. In 1993, Swanagon and King identified an RV park that they were actually able to buy…

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A Gay Wedding (almost) in Waco

  ‘LET ME tell you ’bout my hometown in the middle of the Lone Star State. I might brag just a little but I really won’t exaggerate.” Thus begins the jingle created and recorded by a radio station in the 1960’s about my hometown. Although I have left the town and even my native state, […]

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Klaus Mann: The Dancing Dichterkind

Throughout his life, [Klaus Mann] maintained an almost childlike ideal of “Purity,” and in this period cherished the paradoxical notion, embodied in The Pious Dance, that Purity could be achieved only by immersing oneself in what life had to offer.

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