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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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The Real Tadzio of Thomas Mann

Even now, nearly a century after the event, it is not generally realized that virtually everything experienced by Gustav von Aschenbach in Death in Venice, short of his premature death on the beach, had first happened to the author.

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Lawrence v. Texas: A Victory for Liberty

The sodomy statute could have been declared unconstitutional under either theory—due process or equal protection—which is not to say that they are legal equivalents.

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Legal Challenges after Lawrence

The way in which Justice Kennedy wrote the Court’s opinion falls short of providing a clear roadmap for analyzing these constitutional questions.

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Lawrence Brings It All Back Home

  IN STRIKING DOWN the Texas law that made consensual sex in private between members of the same sex a criminal act, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, speaking for the majority of the Supreme Court, wrote that the Texas law “demeans the lives of homosexual persons … entitled to respect for their private lives.” By emphasizing […]

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