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Robert Giard: Portrait of a Photographer

What Bob giard gave us was a wide-angle view of our literary community, manifesting our class, ethnic, and generational variety in his portraits.

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2002: A Year of Historic Passages

A number of prominent gay and lesbian writers, artists, and activists passed away in 2002, among them …

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Memories of John Ashbery (1927–2017)

Though he liked to drink (too much, truth to tell), John [Ashberry] didn’t frequent gay bars. People came to him. In Paris he was partnered with the poet Pierre Martory for several years and later provided translations of a volume of his poems.

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Two Friends Recall Mark Merlis (1950-2017)

THE AUTHOR of four groundbreaking novels, Mark Merlis died at age 67 on August 15, 2017, in Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Hospital. The cause of death was pneumonia, related to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which he had been diagnosed with just a year ago.

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Of LA and Harry Hay: Stuart Timmons’ Times

What made [Stuart] Timmons unique was that he was never an academic historian—his work was profoundly experiential and had the vitality, humor, and honesty often so lacking in scholarly texts.

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Honoring Those Who Left Us in 2016

IN KEEPING with our annual custom, we remember here the lives of some notable GLBT activists, artists, and writers who passed away this past year. Please note that all deaths occurred in 2016 unless otherwise indicated.

In addition to those listed by name, we also mourn the loss of the 49 people who were massacred at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.

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Holly Woodlawn, Warhol Superstar, Dead at 69

  LOU REED immortalized Holly Woodlawn in the first verse of “Walk on the Wild Side,” on his 1972 Transformer album with the lyrics: Holly came from Miami, F-L-A. Hitch-hiked her way across the USA Plucked her eyebrows on the way Shaved her legs and then he was a she She says, “Hey babe, take […]

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Honoring GLBT Notables Who Died in 2015

  AS IS OUR CUSTOM, we remember noteworthy individuals from the GLBT community who have died over the past year. All dates are in 2015 unless otherwise indicated.   Activists Sydney Abbott, lesbian feminist and activist who died in April, was memorialized in the November-December issue. Sam Ciccone, co-founder, in 1982, of GOAL (Gay Officers […]

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Sidney Abbott: Sappho’s ‘Right-On Woman’

  SIDNEY ABBOTT, well-known lesbian feminist activist, died in a fire on April 15, 2015, in her home in Southold, Long Island. She was 77. Those of us who knew her remember Sidney as a pioneer in several fields of endeavor, as someone who helped to liberate consciousness from age-old shackles of ignorance and prejudice. […]

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Ronnie Gilbert, A Woman of Courage, Dies at 88

  RONNIE GILBERT, the bold and provocative female voice in the Weavers folk quartet (which also included Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman) died on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Ruth Alice Gilbert was born in Brooklyn on September 7,1926. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and her mother was a card-carrying Communist. […]

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