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Introducing: A Gay History of the World

    AT 1,494,000 WORDS, A Gay History of the World is one of the longest works on homosexuality even written. It took three years to write, and the Internet was used extensively. Each of the world’s 193 countries has a chapter. Each country is divided into three sections. Section 1 discusses the legality of […]

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Artist Profile: John-Manuel Andriote, author of Stonewall Strong

    FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES, John Manuel-Andriote has been a critical voice on hiv-aids in such periodicals as The Advocate and The Washington Post. In 1999, he published Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America, his landmark book on the LGBT community’s transformation from disenfranchised isolation into a self-affirming political and […]

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Tennessee Roams New Orleans

      The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans is 31 years old this year. Next year, its smaller sibling, The Saints & Sinners Festival, will celebrate its 15th anniversary. After years of being held at separate times, they are now held together, in the last week of March. (Williams’ birthday was March 26th.) […]

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Celebrating New York’s Avant-Garde, 1910-1993

  WHAT AUTHOR-CURATOR Donald Albrecht has admirably set out to document is how the gay and lesbian avant-garde of 20th-century New York worked and played together, sometimes sexually, and often as mentors and collaborators. Gay Gotham—and the exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York—explores the lives and peer networks of seven gay […]

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A Personal Message to Fellow HIV Survivors

  This piece was inspired by an article in the new issue of The G&LR: “HIV Survivors and the ’16 Election,” by Brian Bromberger.   I TELL MY STORY and I do not in any way mean to diminish the pain and hardship suffered by HIV survivors. It’s not a pretty picture for many of […]

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The Beautiful People of the Belle Époque

  Few periods in French history are as glittering and vibrant as the Belle Époque, the prosperous decades of peace between France’s ignominious defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1871) and the carnage of the Great War (1914-18). We are still awed by the urban achievements of the period: Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s monumental remodeling of Paris was […]

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The Audacity of Hall (Radclyffe, that is)

WHAT WAS “THE FIRST GAY NOVEL”? This is the theme of the latest issue of the GLR—which many of you are, I trust, happily reading. But before it came out, readers were asked which of eight novels they would select as “the first.” As reported two weeks ago in this space, E. M. Forster’s Maurice won […]

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What Was the First Gay Novel? A Readers’ Survey

THE RESULTS ARE IN!  We asked you to cast your vote for “the first gay novel” – which is the theme of the new issue of The GLR. We offered the eight choices that are discussed in this issue, and also invited you to add a different book if your preference was not included.     […]

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A Symbol Stands

A recent book has thrown a bucket of ice water onto an icon of GLBT rights. In The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, author Steve Jimenez claims that Shepard’s murder wasn’t a hate crime at all but was instead motivated by a complicated relationship between the killers and the victim, […]

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