Top-New

Current Issue

In Fighting Proud, Bourne describes his book as “exploring and highlighting the many stories about gay men’s lives in the two world wars.
Thomas Morgan Evans, the author of the densely written 3D Warhol, covers territory not found in many other compendia of Warhol’s works.
Choreographer and equestrian Paula Josa-Jones has written an intelligently observed, beautifully rendered collection of experiences and inspirations about her interactions with horses.
What is surprising is how forthright Battle of the Sexes is in depicting Billie Jean King’s inner conflict over her growing lesbian feelings.

In Memoriam

IN KEEPING WITH this magazine’s annual tradition, we remember here the activists, writers, artists, entertainers, and other notable members of the LGBT community, and some allies, who died over the past twelve months.
Continue Reading..

Charles Shively, Pioneer Activist and Author

A lifelong poet—he first published poems in high school—Shively wrote at least one poem a day. His Nuestra Señora de los Dolores: The San Francisco Experience was published in 1975.
Continue Reading..

Essays

Evolutionary Origins of Homosexuality

Male homosexuality appears to have arisen via human evolution because of its potential benefits for the functionality and survivability of the family.
Continue Reading..

Eyewitness to the Alger Hiss Case

The attacks on Alger Hiss came from none other than the future president Richard Nixon, who was hoping to win his first term in the U.S. Senate. Also attacking Hiss was the notorious Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose purge of suspected Communists was in full swing, and his lawyer Roy Cohn, a closeted gay man.
Continue Reading..
The irony that lies behind a fascinating new collection of the two men’s letters, The Luck of Friendship (expertly edited by Peggy L. Fox and Thomas Keith), is our knowledge that Williams wanted both commercial and literary success.
Continue Reading..
What made Kallman a better candidate for Auden’s affections than previous attachments was their shared class origins, Kallman’s precocious intelligence, and his passion for language.
Continue Reading..

Science, Psych, etc.

Evolutionary Origins of Homosexuality

Male homosexuality appears to have arisen via human evolution because of its potential benefits for the functionality and survivability of the family.
Continue Reading..

Guest Opinion

I CAN REMEMBER every time I have used a men’s restroom since coming out as a man. The first time, I was walking through my university with a friend, and I hesitated at the door as the outline of a male stick figure drilled into my gaze, my hesitation prompting my friend to shove me [...]
Continue Reading..

Transgender

I CAN REMEMBER every time I have used a men’s restroom since coming out as a man. The first time, I was walking through my university with a friend, and I hesitated at the door as the outline of a male stick figure drilled into my gaze, my hesitation prompting my friend to shove me [...]
Continue Reading..

Poetry

Charles Shively, Pioneer Activist and Author

A lifelong poet—he first published poems in high school—Shively wrote at least one poem a day. His Nuestra Señora de los Dolores: The San Francisco Experience was published in 1975.
Continue Reading..
The leafy photo of a tender, teenage Ashbery picking cherries in the family orchards was taken by his father Chet, an accomplished photographer as well as a farmer. Its use as the entire cover, with a superimposed “postcard home” bearing the title, is a choice of genius, presumably by jacket designer Sarahmay Wilkinson. The photo [...]
Continue Reading..
The Shelley-Byron Men, which originated as a talk, is half text, half appendices containing excerpts from works by various writers.
Continue Reading..

Correspondence

Letters to the Editor

  Author Questions Basis for Review To the Editor: I was disappointed in your review [Nov.-Dec. ’17] of my novel Our Time: San Francisco in the 70s. Your reviewer found my resume more important than his job as a reviewer to comment on the style and content of the novel. Did he read the wrong thing? [...]
Continue Reading..

BTW

  Three Photos in No Need of a Punchline They pretty much speak for themselves. They come from around the world, and all three involve matters of questionable taste as locally defined. For anyone who missed this sign in front of the Bella Vista Baptist Church in Edgewater, Florida, which went TV viral in early [...]
Continue Reading..

Interview

‘The Odyssey is all about father and son.’

This interview was conducted by telephone in late September 2017.
Continue Reading..
JUAN BASTOS is a portrait painter whose work was on exhibit at a major retrospective at the Denenberg Fine Arts Gallery in West Hollywood, CA, in November. Included in the exhibition were the covers of several issues of The Gay & Lesbian Review that featured Juan’s art.
Continue Reading..

Artist's Profile

JUAN BASTOS is a portrait painter whose work was on exhibit at a major retrospective at the Denenberg Fine Arts Gallery in West Hollywood, CA, in November. Included in the exhibition were the covers of several issues of The Gay & Lesbian Review that featured Juan’s art.
Continue Reading..

Art

Warhol Off the Wall

IT HAS BEEN three decades since Andy Warhol died at New York Hospital (on February 22, 1987) of complications from gall bladder surgery. In 2017, over a dozen books about Warhol or his art, ranging from the frivolous to the academic, were published. After Andy and 3D Warhol can be found at either end of [...]
Continue Reading..

Memoir

Warhol Off the Wall

IT HAS BEEN three decades since Andy Warhol died at New York Hospital (on February 22, 1987) of complications from gall bladder surgery. In 2017, over a dozen books about Warhol or his art, ranging from the frivolous to the academic, were published. After Andy and 3D Warhol can be found at either end of [...]
Continue Reading..
Maupin’s latest book, the memoir Logical Family, is his first book of nonfiction, yet he brings to it the unique storytelling gifts that have animated his fiction, and he more than delivers on the “tap dancing” that will win his readers’ attention and engagement.
Continue Reading..
IN THIS POWERFUL MEMOIR, filmmaker Parvez Sharma describes the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey he embarked on while going on the Hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca.
Continue Reading..

Cultural History

Freak Out!

THE MOST striking feature of Studio 54 is its heft: Amazon lists the shipping weight as 8.2 pounds. Almost any page of this substantial publication confirms what people already know about the legendary nightclub: that it was a playground for celebrities, a temple for disco, and a brand of spectacle not seen before in a [...]
Continue Reading..

Briefs

Short Reviews

Reviews of Writers Who Love Too Much; David Bowie Made Me Gay; Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture; and Our Horses, Ourselves.
Continue Reading..

Film

Billie Jean King’s Stroke of Genius

Battle of the Sexes could not have been released at a more perfect time, and for two reasons. First, Donald Trump’s irresistible desire to plunge into the racial politics of “taking the knee” by NFL players reminds us that sports have always had a political side. Second is the fact that LGBT and women’s liberation [...]
Continue Reading..

Lesbians

Billie Jean King’s Stroke of Genius

Battle of the Sexes could not have been released at a more perfect time, and for two reasons. First, Donald Trump’s irresistible desire to plunge into the racial politics of “taking the knee” by NFL players reminds us that sports have always had a political side. Second is the fact that LGBT and women’s liberation [...]
Continue Reading..

Reviews

Billie Jean King’s Stroke of Genius

Battle of the Sexes could not have been released at a more perfect time, and for two reasons. First, Donald Trump’s irresistible desire to plunge into the racial politics of “taking the knee” by NFL players reminds us that sports have always had a political side. Second is the fact that LGBT and women’s liberation [...]
Continue Reading..

Alison Bechdel Comes of Age

IF THEATER IS a temporary rearrangement of life to spark discovery, the musical Fun Home, adapted from cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir of the same name, exceeds requirements, not only yielding insights but whipping up exuberance out of anguished chaos in the process.
Continue Reading..

Sports

Billie Jean King’s Stroke of Genius

Battle of the Sexes could not have been released at a more perfect time, and for two reasons. First, Donald Trump’s irresistible desire to plunge into the racial politics of “taking the knee” by NFL players reminds us that sports have always had a political side. Second is the fact that LGBT and women’s liberation [...]
Continue Reading..

Theatre

Alison Bechdel Comes of Age

IF THEATER IS a temporary rearrangement of life to spark discovery, the musical Fun Home, adapted from cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir of the same name, exceeds requirements, not only yielding insights but whipping up exuberance out of anguished chaos in the process.
Continue Reading..