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Uncle Howard

    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 […]

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Oral History Project Documents Lives of LGBTQ Immigrants Living in NYC

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. […]

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SWM Looking for Same

  Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men by Jane Ward NYU Press. 238 pages, $25.   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 […]

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Short Reviews

  Smash Cut by Brad Gooch Harper. 256 pages, $27.99   Of all the memoirists qualified to document New York City in the 1970s and ’80s, Brad Gooch has to rank near the top of the list. Currently a professor of English at William Paterson University and the author of well-regarded biographies of poet Frank […]

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Unfinished Business

It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality by Michelangelo Signorile Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages, $27.   A   CELEBRATORY MOOD filled the nation after the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, and we are still basking in the afterglow as I write. A longtime supporter of marriage equality, Michelangelo Signorile celebrated […]

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Readers’ Thoughts

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 […]

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New Movie Takes You Inside Larry Kramer’s World

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 […]

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Readers’ Thoughts

  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 […]

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Readers’ Thoughts

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 […]

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Enter to Win a FREE Copy of LOOKING: Season 1

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, […]

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