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Author Archive | Richard Schneider

November-December 2003: Ten Years After

  This issue completes the tenth volume of this journal, a minor miracle in itself, no doubt, but also a milestone of sorts in the GLBT rights movement. For it was in the context of the events of a decade ago that this journal was first conceived. The year was 1993: Bill Clinton had just […]

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Sept.-Oct. 2003: “Americana” Issue

  The case of Lawrence v. Texas has been settled, and with it dies a legal monster that started life in 1533, in England, at the hand of King Henry VIII (as part of a drive to punish the Catholic priesthood!). The majority ruling expressly cited these origins in making the case that anti-sodomy laws […]

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July-August 2003: Animal Magnetism

  Sexual attraction has ever been the stuff of popular songs and other cultural artifacts, where it is variously mysterious or heart-breaking or the ultimate fulfillment of one’s destiny. But it is always complicated. Needless to say, these artifacts take for granted that the attraction is of the heterosexual kind, and they speak to the […]

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May-June 2003: Not the American Issue

  That this is “not the American issue” is not a political statement but instead a comment on the odd fact that the cover of this “international” issue sports a parody of the iconic American Gothic. But it seemed the best way to salute Dell Martin and Phyllis Lyon, themselves American icons of sorts, on […]

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March-April 2003: Witch Hunts in America

  Is humanity doomed to suffer periodic outbursts of fratricidal madness in which those in power suddenly decide to persecute a vulnerable minority? Witch hunts, inquisitions, pogroms against Jews and gypsies, racist lynchings, the Holocaust itself—Western history is pocked with such outbursts from the Middle Ages down to very recent times. Gay men and lesbians […]

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January-February 2003: Visual Modalities

  It is a commonplace that the invention of photography transformed painting, but it’s also true that its invention transformed society and people’s understanding of it. While photography’s literalism rendered the whole European realist tradition obsolete, it also provided a window on how real people looked, lived, and interacted. The democratic character of photography freed […]

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Letters to the Editor

  ‘Queen’ Piece Deemed Unworthy To the Editor: Hidden away in the July-August issue with beautiful commentary on remarkably accomplished people—Lincoln Kirstein, Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal—is a silly, degrading, mean-spirited essay, “What Makes a Queen a Queen?” On the one hand, I am dismayed by how many kinds of queen the author knows—nap […]

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Still Together The Greeks never disappoint. The latest find is a 2,500-year-old bit of graffiti on the remote Aegean island of Astypalaia with an inscription carved in stone that reads “Nikasitimos was here mounting Timiona” (Νικασίτιμος οἶφε Τιμίονα). Plus, there’s a carving of two giant phalluses to commemorate the event—or ongoing relationship, as the use […]

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Letters to the Editor

  Author Responds to a Book Review To the Editor: Reviewing my memoir, My Father’s Closet (July-August 2017 issue), Dale Boyer captured the essence of my lifelong dilemma as the child of a closeted father. During a recent book tour, a man approached me to say that my father and his gay partner frequented his […]

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Ken Just Got a New Look! Lots of new looks, in fact: new body types (“slim,” “broad,” and “original”), new skin tones, and nine hair styles (including the man bun). And those outfits!

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