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Author Archive | Matthew Hays

We’ve Got Your Numbers

HOW MANY openly-LGBT rappers are there? What are the six states without any hate crimes laws? Which country leads the “gay happiness index”?

They may not have been questions you’ve thought of before, but the answers to these queries and about a thousand more are answered in LGBTQ Stats.

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Canada ≠ Utopia

Rather than just offering jingoistic flag-waving, McCaskell measures his celebration of what is clearly a better situation for Canadian GLBTs with a more complex discussion of the limitations of activist organizations around equality on the basis of gender, race, and class.

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The Factory from the Inside

Even if you don’t recognize the name, you are probably familiar with some of the images captured by photographer Billy Name.

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When Gender Was No Object

  Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934 by Laura Horak Rutgers. 311 pages, $29.95     EVEN IN ITS TITLE, Girls Will Be Boys sets out to correct past takes on cinematic representations of cross-dressing. Most of the writing about the issue has focused on men dressed as women. Laura Horak’s […]

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Kenneth Anger, Director: Fireworks at Sixty

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Life and Lesbian Pulp in Postwar America

I’LL NEVER forget the first time I saw Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives. It was the fall of 1992, and the documentary was premiering at Image+Nation, Montreal’s queer film festival. Four years in the making, Forbidden Love featured interviews with a number of older lesbians from across Canada, each telling her own […]

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Grow Up! Joan Rivers Had to Leave Us One Day

JOAN RIVERS is gone. Even after a few months, it’s almost impossible to believe, and like many deaths of celebrities we hold especially dear, it’s hard to imagine our world without them in it. I was an especially lucky fan—and I was an epic fan—because, as a journalist, I got to meet and interview Rivers […]

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Animal Magnetism

  The Animals:  Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy Edited by Katherine Bucknell Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 481 pages, $30.   THIS EXTENSIVE COLLECTION of the letters between Christopher Isherwood and his longtime partner Dan Bachardy feels like a perfect companion volume to the excellent 2007 documentary Chris & Don: A Love Story, which […]

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RIP Fred Phelps (1929–2014)

  SO, Fred Phelps is dead. But how to acknowledge the death of someone who was so notorious for the way in which he celebrated the deaths of gay people, among others? For those who don’t know, Phelps led the Westboro Baptist Church for decades. Most of its members were his own relatives. Strangely enough, […]

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Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes

Clan on the Run

WHILE family memoirs are often drenched in anguish, Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Intolerable takes the genre to a new level. The Toronto-based journalist and university professor reaches back to his parents’ history, from Yemen in the ’60s through Beirut, Cairo, and back to Yemen up to the Arab Spring, in agonizing, heart-wrenching detail.

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