Uncle Howard, a documentary created and directed by Aaron Brookner, opens today in New York. It’s an intertwining tale of past and present, the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner — whose work captured the cultural changes of the late 1970s and early ’80s — and his nephew’s personal journey 25 years later as he sets out to […]
Author Archive | Stephen Hemrick
On September 27, Immigration Equality and the Brooklyn Community Pride Center launched the LGBTQ New Americans Project, featuring audio and video oral histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer immigrants living in Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Through extended conversation, the project records the unique experiences of LGBTQ immigrants in their own words. […]
THE TITLE of Jane Ward’s book is not meant to be ironic. Her argument is that while sexual activity between straight white men (SWM) does take place, it doesn’t mean that the participants are gay. The book is about exploring the circumstances under which this situation can be said to arise.
In It’s Not Over, Signorile reports that transgender and gay youths have experienced an uptick in violence and bullying in many parts of the country, where homophobia has become more public and more violent in response to the increased visibility of gay and transgender people in the news and in everyday life.
Why So Easy on Gore Vidal? To the Editor: After reading Andrew Holleran’s review [May-June issue] of Michael Mewshaw’s memoir, Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal, and watching the Vidal documentary The United States of Amnesia for the second time, I find it difficult to feel much sympathy for this […]
LAST YEAR, HBO aired the movie version of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, the autobiographical play that he wrote in 1985, a fictionalized account of how he came to found the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in response to the AIDS epidemic—Kramer insists on the word “plague”—only to be expelled from the organization a few years later […]
Those Not Gay Husbands To the Editor: Commenting on your “BTW” squib about the TLC show, My Husband’s Not Gay [March-April issue], I finally watched the show on my DVR. I was surprised at how open these guys were about their gayness. I thought it was refreshing to see someone try to live […]
If They Mated: Carson and Gypsy To the Editor: I was glad to see David Kaplan’s piece on Tennessee Williams’ friendships [in the Jan.-Feb. 2015 issue], including his friend Carson McCullers, who is claimed to have had a crush on Gypsy Rose Lee and to have consummated a sexual relationship with her. I have […]
There’s more out there in the all new season of the hit HBO series LOOKING starring Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez. Check out the review in the May-June 2014 Issue. LOOKING focuses on current gay life in the Bay Area and on themes that everyone, gay and straight, can relate to: falling in love, finding professional fulfillment, […]
How True-to-Life Was Lord Dismiss Us? To the Editor: I enjoyed Raymond-Jean Frontain’s article on Michael Campbell’s Lord Dismiss Us [Sept.-Oct. 2014 ] so much that I bought a copy. I was delighted to receive an original copy. I enjoyed the book, although I do not think that it was necessarily the best boys’ […]