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Xena’s Quest for Transcendent Love

“WHAT WOULD XENA DO?” The question became a trademark of the syndicated TV series, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–2001), highlighting the religious references that saturated Xena’s mystical universe.

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Letting Down Appearances

Grace and Frankie Created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris Netflix Original Series   CALL IT the Bruce Jenner effect. Television viewers of late have become absolutely enthralled by the idea of the all-American man who up and leaves his wife and children for another man, or, in Jenner’s more unusual case, leaves a […]

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The World According to Grindr

Looking Written by Michael Lannan Directed by Andrew Haigh HBO   IN 1954, Frank O’Hara wrote a bold poem that celebrates “taking off our masks” in the pursuit of “complete candor.” He gave his lyric an even bolder title, “Homosexuality,” as it’s partly about cruising Manhattan—”14th Street is drunken and credulous,/ 53rd tries to tremble […]

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Orange Humor

From the Emmy-winning creators of Weeds, Orange Is the New Black has been described as The L Word meets Oz

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Revenge of the Gleeks

EVERYONE’S ACCOUNT of high school is different. For the jocks, it’s a time of tiny triumphs, of touchdowns, and cheerleaders. For punks and goths, it’s the age of rebellion, while for nerds and other pariahs, high school is a penitentiary of social embarrassment. “High school is a caste system,” declares cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (played by Emmy-winner Jane Lynch) on Glee, the hit television series now in its second season on Fox.

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Remembering ‘Johnny Cakes’ of The Sopranos

WITH THE DEATH of John Costelloe, the actor who played Jim “Johnny Cakes” Witowski on The Sopranos, fans of the landmark TV series (1999-2007) lost an important player in the show’s most gay-positive, and perhaps most crucial, story line. The 47-year-old actor and former New York City firefighter shot himself late last year in his basement bedroom in Brooklyn.

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W&G Revisited: A Failure of Will

If one sitcom has repeatedly been cited for its groundbreaking treatment of gay characters by a mainstream TV network, it would have to be Will & Grace, NBC’s highly rated take on the lives of a gay man and a straight woman, best friends sharing an apartment in Manhattan. …

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Questions for Queer Eye

  THERE IS a certain specific risk involved in writing this essay. The current mood in journalism and popular culture welcomes the lighthearted, the upbeat, the optimistic—especially where gay politics is concerned. This discussion of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will seem quite dismal compared to the recent enthusiasm over the gayification of popular […]

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