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A CHEAPLY MADE black-and-white film, The Beatniks (1960) was voice actor Paul Frees’ only directing venture. It succeeded with neither critics nor the public, and it boasts a pitiful 2.1 rating on IMDB. However, I would contend that this B-minus movie is significant for its homosexual subtext.
A CHEAPLY MADE black-and-white film, The Beatniks (1960) was voice actor Paul Frees’ only directing venture. It succeeded with neither critics nor the public, and it boasts a pitiful 2.1 rating on IMDB. However, I would contend that this B-minus movie is significant for its homosexual subtext.
THE ACTION in Weekend takes place over a mere two days, and it all happens on a small island in Ontario, where a celebratory getaway reveals fracture lines running through the relationships of the participants.
THE ACTION in Weekend takes place over a mere two days, and it all happens on a small island in Ontario, where a celebratory getaway reveals fracture lines running through the relationships of the participants.
The debate over Lincoln’s sexuality provoked sharp reactions among academics, ... As far as I know, most of the writers in question haven’t revisited their assessments. Strozier now proves an exception with a new book ...: Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed.
The debate over Lincoln’s sexuality provoked sharp reactions among academics, ... As far as I know, most of the writers in question haven’t revisited their assessments. Strozier now proves an exception with a new book ...: Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed.
Pousson layers and lacquers sentences in such a way that the reader gets the colors of regionalism through the universal longing for escape.
Pousson layers and lacquers sentences in such a way that the reader gets the colors of regionalism through the universal longing for escape.

Essays

All 3 Branches at Stake in November

  AS I GET OLDER, I am losing hope that I will outlive the need for an article about the impact a forthcoming election will have on GLBT people. At some point our right to be protected against bigotry will not only be established, but will no longer depend on electoral outcomes. But we are [...]
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Can the GLB Vote Swing an Election?

  THE ELECTION looms. No doubt you are either checking the poll numbers on 538.com and the mini-scandals on Politico on an hourly basis, or you’re studiously avoiding the whole sordid affair (a phrase that seems to describe this year’s election especially well). In any case, by the time you read this, the numbers will [...]
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Straight Abe: Back Like a Bad Penny

    Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed by Charles B. Strozier Columbia. 352 pages, .     IN 1982, Charles B. Strozier published an influential psychoanalytic study of Abraham Lincoln’s personal life, Lincoln’s Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings. One chapter focused on Joshua Speed, [...]
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Prince’s Legacy: ‘Set your mind free’

  PRINCE ROGERS NELSON was as loved by fans at the end of his life as at any time of his career. When he took the stage of the 2015 Grammy Awards, even the stars were star-struck. The entire audience leapt to its feet at the sight of him and roared its approval. But the [...]
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  THE MUSCULAR MALE PHYSIQUE can arrest observers’ gaze involuntarily. Research by social psychologists indicates that muscular male bodies capture and hold the attention of spectators both male and female. Whatever our æsthetic sensibilities, the unconscious mind seems to think the mesomorphic or muscular body type is worth looking at. Since at least the mid-20th [...]
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All the Lonely Artists

  The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing Picador. 315 pages, .     “I’VE SPENT much of the last few years in artists’ archives,” Olivia Laing writes on the Acknowledgments page of her new book—partly in Chicago to research the work of Henry Darger, an outsider artist who [...]
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  “I’M THE LUCKIEST unlucky person in the world. No one wants to be the last man standing,” reflected Peter Greene, one of the eight long-term HIV survivors from the San Francisco Bay area, featured in the new documentary Last Men Standing. Greene personifies the ambiguous fate of many long-term HIV survivors. Having been voted [...]
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Politics: GLBT Rights

All 3 Branches at Stake in November

  AS I GET OLDER, I am losing hope that I will outlive the need for an article about the impact a forthcoming election will have on GLBT people. At some point our right to be protected against bigotry will not only be established, but will no longer depend on electoral outcomes. But we are [...]
Continue Reading..

Can the GLB Vote Swing an Election?

  THE ELECTION looms. No doubt you are either checking the poll numbers on 538.com and the mini-scandals on Politico on an hourly basis, or you’re studiously avoiding the whole sordid affair (a phrase that seems to describe this year’s election especially well). In any case, by the time you read this, the numbers will [...]
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  “I’M THE LUCKIEST unlucky person in the world. No one wants to be the last man standing,” reflected Peter Greene, one of the eight long-term HIV survivors from the San Francisco Bay area, featured in the new documentary Last Men Standing. Greene personifies the ambiguous fate of many long-term HIV survivors. Having been voted [...]
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Guest Opinion

It’s Time to Retire the Word ‘Homophobia’

  WITH THE BLOOD from the massacre on Pride Day in Orlando barely dry, let me put forth a modest proposal: the word “homophobia” is inadequate and a misnomer, and it needs to be retired. The term “homophobia” was first coined by Dr. George Weinberg, a psychologist, in the sex magazine Screw, in 1969, and [...]
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Correspondence

Readers’ Thoughts

  John Boswell’s Precursors: An Exchange To the Editor: In his homage to John Boswell in the May-June issue, Brian Bromberger failed to mention one of the three books that was favorable toward gay Christians and that preceded John Boswell’s 1980 Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. In 1978, Harper & Row published Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? [...]
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BTW

BTW

  Outside of Convention The Republican National Convention seemed equally divided between vitriol and wrath, but at least some of the delegates were having a good time, and the result was a yuge upsurge in business for Cleveland’s male sex workers. One hustler reported that his income surged six-fold during the four-day event; another took [...]
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History

Straight Abe: Back Like a Bad Penny

    Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed by Charles B. Strozier Columbia. 352 pages, .     IN 1982, Charles B. Strozier published an influential psychoanalytic study of Abraham Lincoln’s personal life, Lincoln’s Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings. One chapter focused on Joshua Speed, [...]
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Music

Prince’s Legacy: ‘Set your mind free’

  PRINCE ROGERS NELSON was as loved by fans at the end of his life as at any time of his career. When he took the stage of the 2015 Grammy Awards, even the stars were star-struck. The entire audience leapt to its feet at the sight of him and roared its approval. But the [...]
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  Hopelessness by Anohni Secretly Canadian Records   In addition to the name- and gender-change, Anohni has radically altered her musical style on her solo album Hopelessness. Goodbye gloomy chamber rock, hello electronica. The new album contains eleven songs on nakedly political topics. It opens with “Drone Bomb Me,” sung from the perspective of a [...]
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Reviews

  Hopelessness by Anohni Secretly Canadian Records   In addition to the name- and gender-change, Anohni has radically altered her musical style on her solo album Hopelessness. Goodbye gloomy chamber rock, hello electronica. The new album contains eleven songs on nakedly political topics. It opens with “Drone Bomb Me,” sung from the perspective of a [...]
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The Light of Day

Review of Packed in a Trunk documentary about Edith Lake Wilkinson
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    Holding the Man Directed by Neil Armfield Screen Australia, et al.   WHILE Australian movies have pursued gay themes before, few until recently have dared to go much beyond hyperbole or homoeroticism. That changed last year with the release of Holding The Man—recently released in the U.S.—with its unapologetic portrayal of a true [...]
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Art Memo

    A CHEAPLY MADE black-and-white film, The Beatniks (1960) was voice actor Paul Frees’ only directing venture. It succeeded with neither critics nor the public, and it boasts a pitiful 2.1 rating on IMDB. However, I would contend that this B-minus movie is significant for its homosexual subtext. The Beatniks was badly mistitled. Beatnik [...]
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Cultural History

    A CHEAPLY MADE black-and-white film, The Beatniks (1960) was voice actor Paul Frees’ only directing venture. It succeeded with neither critics nor the public, and it boasts a pitiful 2.1 rating on IMDB. However, I would contend that this B-minus movie is significant for its homosexual subtext. The Beatniks was badly mistitled. Beatnik [...]
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  Queering the Countryside: New Frontiers in Rural Queer Studies Edited by Mary L. Gray, Colin R. Johnson, and Brian J. Gilley NYU Press. 416 pages, .   IN THE 1700s, the first century in which narratives about ordinary people were deemed important enough to write and to read, the Bildungsroman—the “novel of education”—was born. Back in [...]
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  Redeeming the Kamasutra by Wendy Doniger Oxford. 182 pages, .95     I   HAVE TO CONFESS that I am exactly the naïve (perhaps prurient is more accurate) reader that Wendy Doniger has in mind for her concise yet scholarly study of the Kamasutra. In a dim corner of a bookstore, I have probably leafed [...]
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Film

    A CHEAPLY MADE black-and-white film, The Beatniks (1960) was voice actor Paul Frees’ only directing venture. It succeeded with neither critics nor the public, and it boasts a pitiful 2.1 rating on IMDB. However, I would contend that this B-minus movie is significant for its homosexual subtext. The Beatniks was badly mistitled. Beatnik [...]
Continue Reading..

The Light of Day

Review of Packed in a Trunk documentary about Edith Lake Wilkinson
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    Holding the Man Directed by Neil Armfield Screen Australia, et al.   WHILE Australian movies have pursued gay themes before, few until recently have dared to go much beyond hyperbole or homoeroticism. That changed last year with the release of Holding The Man—recently released in the U.S.—with its unapologetic portrayal of a true [...]
Continue Reading..
  Gay American Novels, 1870-–1970: A Reader’s Guide by Drewey Wayne Gunn McFarland. 200 pages, .95   What differentiates Gay American Novels from so many other compendia of long-forgotten novels that have been published over the past couple of decades? Author Drewey Wayne Gunn says that 75 of the 257 books profiled have not appeared in [...]
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Art

The Factory from the Inside

  Billy Name: The Silver Age: Black and White Photographs from Andy Warhol’s Factory Edited by Dagon James Reel Art Press. 448 pages, .     EVEN IF you don’t recognize the name, you are probably familiar with some of the images captured by photographer Billy Name. Certainly this is the case if you have [...]
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Casa Finlandia

  Tom House: Tom of Finland in Los Angeles Edited by Michael Reynolds Rizzoli. 256 pages, .   IF THE NAME Touko Laaksonen doesn’t mean much to you, “Tom of Finland” probably does. It was under that name that Laaksonen (1920-1991) produced the thousands of homoerotic drawings, paintings, and other works that have made him famous. [...]
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Biography

The Factory from the Inside

  Billy Name: The Silver Age: Black and White Photographs from Andy Warhol’s Factory Edited by Dagon James Reel Art Press. 448 pages, .     EVEN IF you don’t recognize the name, you are probably familiar with some of the images captured by photographer Billy Name. Certainly this is the case if you have [...]
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International

The China Closet

  Beijing Comrades by Bei Tong Translated by Scott E. Meyers The Feminist Press. 371 pages, .95   ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED online in Chinese, Beijing Comrades is a first-person narrative with unadorned prose and vivid sex scenes. Set in the sociopolitical unrest at the end of the 20th century, China is steeped in social and economic [...]
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Briefs

  Gay American Novels, 1870-–1970: A Reader’s Guide by Drewey Wayne Gunn McFarland. 200 pages, .95   What differentiates Gay American Novels from so many other compendia of long-forgotten novels that have been published over the past couple of decades? Author Drewey Wayne Gunn says that 75 of the 257 books profiled have not appeared in [...]
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Transgender

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings Crown Books for Young Readers. 272 pages, .99   AS a sort of spokesperson for the younger generation of transgender individuals, Jazz Jennings has plenty of experience. The teenager has her own reality show; she’s co-written a picture book for small children; and she’s [...]
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Poetry

  Burn Book by Felix Bernstein Nightboat Books. 117 pages, .95   WHAT PUSHES a poet forward? What energizes her words? Felix Bernstein has brilliantly summed up his impetus. “I want the fear of people opening the book to some random page and thinking that perhaps I don’t have my act together and that I’m [...]
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Artist's Profile

  I   FIRST encountered Sarah Schulman in January 1996, when she was a speaker at “Literature in the Age of AIDS” in Key West. That seems a lifetime ago. We met again a couple of years later at UNC-Asheville, where she was beginning to articulate her ideas about “familial homophobia,” the central idea in her [...]
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Interview

  I   FIRST encountered Sarah Schulman in January 1996, when she was a speaker at “Literature in the Age of AIDS” in Key West. That seems a lifetime ago. We met again a couple of years later at UNC-Asheville, where she was beginning to articulate her ideas about “familial homophobia,” the central idea in her [...]
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AIDS

  “I’M THE LUCKIEST unlucky person in the world. No one wants to be the last man standing,” reflected Peter Greene, one of the eight long-term HIV survivors from the San Francisco Bay area, featured in the new documentary Last Men Standing. Greene personifies the ambiguous fate of many long-term HIV survivors. Having been voted [...]
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