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In Lesbian Rule: Amy Villarejo takes the quest for lesbian visibility on a journey beyond the bounds of what we know for sure.
In Lesbian Rule: Amy Villarejo takes the quest for lesbian visibility on a journey beyond the bounds of what we know for sure.
Alice Walker:  A Life by Evelyn C. White Norton. 496 pages. 29.95    THE LIFE of Alice Walker, born in the segregated South to sharecropper parents, is a lens through which a painful part of this country’s history can be closely observed.
Alice Walker: A Life by Evelyn C. White Norton. 496 pages. 29.95 THE LIFE of Alice Walker, born in the segregated South to sharecropper parents, is a lens through which a painful part of this country’s history can be closely observed.
In Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters, theatre historian Richard Mangan has compiled reams of Gielgud’s extant letters from 1912 to 1999 ...
In Sir John Gielgud: A Life in Letters, theatre historian Richard Mangan has compiled reams of Gielgud’s extant letters from 1912 to 1999 ...
BLAIR MASTBAUM’S impressive comic debut novel, set in Hawaii, presents the serious love choices of its fifteen-turning-sixteen-year-old narrator Sam ...
BLAIR MASTBAUM’S impressive comic debut novel, set in Hawaii, presents the serious love choices of its fifteen-turning-sixteen-year-old narrator Sam ...

Interview

‘It’s really about the search for love’

  BORN AUGUST 7, 1975, Charlize Theron grew up in South Africa during the last years of apartheid. Her first love was dancing, but after a knee injury she began to pursue a modeling career in Europe and the U.S. Her acting break came in the form of two small roles in two small films before [...]
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  Salvador da Bahia is perhaps best known to tourists as the most “African” city in Brazil. The administrative center of Bahia State, the third-largest city in Brazil and the country’s first capital (until 1764), Salvador displays the profound and abiding influence of the African slaves who were brought to its shores for over 300 [...]
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AIDS

  THE MOST INSIDIOUS FORM of anti-gay representation is not in religious broadcasting—which speaks only to the converted—but in seemingly gay-positive films and videos. It’s not just that Will of Will & Grace is never allowed to have a boyfriend or that “the Fab Five” in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy have no life [...]
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Essays

  THE MOST INSIDIOUS FORM of anti-gay representation is not in religious broadcasting—which speaks only to the converted—but in seemingly gay-positive films and videos. It’s not just that Will of Will & Grace is never allowed to have a boyfriend or that “the Fab Five” in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy have no life [...]
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The Bachelors

The following article has been adapted from a piece that first appeared in the on-line journal, Slate.com.
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  IN JULY 2003, Bravo premiered Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, a reality series in which five urbane gay men give lifestyle makeovers to straight men, and it became an overnight cultural phenomenon. That same summer, The New York Times made the coinage “metrosexual”—a straight guy who grooms himself like a stereotypical gay guy—a [...]
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Poets Are Out in the Presses

  KNOWING THAT WE LIVE in a time of hope as well as of threat, I am skeptical of claims that poetry is alive and well in America and that gay and lesbian poetry has been fully embraced by the “mainstream.” While some people insist that we are living during a renaissance of American poetry [...]
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  “HOW CAN YOU DO THAT?” straight people invariably ask when they learn that I write and publish gay male erotica. I always listen for the inflection, as the question comes in two varieties. If the emphasis is on the “how,” it indicates genuine curiosity about the process and its origins; if it’s on the [...]
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  AMONG THE MANY THINGS of which gay men have been accused is one, at least, that is true: that we often move into and invade somewhat impoverished neighborhoods of major cities, and lend our “queer eye” sensibility to improving them, while increasing the property values and drawing in a new population of upscale residents, [...]
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  DESPITE the wedding band on her finger and all the other conventional markers of femininity—the makeup, the dress, the pretty, delicate features that would make most people read her as “straight”—Nancy Unger does not wish to identify herself, in her words, “as straight, as queer, as anything.” Unger, a professor of history at a [...]
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Film

  THE MOST INSIDIOUS FORM of anti-gay representation is not in religious broadcasting—which speaks only to the converted—but in seemingly gay-positive films and videos. It’s not just that Will of Will & Grace is never allowed to have a boyfriend or that “the Fab Five” in Queer Eye for the Straight Guy have no life [...]
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Excerpt

The Bachelors

The following article has been adapted from a piece that first appeared in the on-line journal, Slate.com.
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Two Speeches from the Democratic National Convention

Following are the transcripts of two speeches delivered at the Democratic National Convention in Boston last July. No corresponding GLBT leaders were invited to speak at the Republican Convention.   Barney Frank Congressman from Massachusetts Hello. Thank you, thank you. But if you clap later, it doesn’t come out of my time.          I want to begin, [...]
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Poetry

Poets Are Out in the Presses

  KNOWING THAT WE LIVE in a time of hope as well as of threat, I am skeptical of claims that poetry is alive and well in America and that gay and lesbian poetry has been fully embraced by the “mainstream.” While some people insist that we are living during a renaissance of American poetry [...]
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Lesbians

The Lesbian between the Lines

  Lesbian Rule: Cultural Criticism and the Value of Desire by Amy Villarejo Duke University Press 207 pages, .95 (.95 paper)   THE LESBIAN in literature is found in the shadows of heterosexual plots with (often ambiguously) lesbian subtexts. Lesbian criticism, in turn, is best carried out by someone who’s adept at reading between the [...]
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Cultural History

  Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter St. Martin’s Press. 352 pages. .95   THE STONEWALL RIOTS of June 28 to July 3, 1969, following a police raid on an illegal, Mafia-owned gay bar in New York’s Greenwich Village, marked a decisive turning point in gay American history. The unprecedented [...]
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Art

Some of the Sights

  The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts Edited by Claude J. Summers Cleis Press. 373 pages, .95 (paper)   THE 200 ENTRIES in The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts cover individuals, artistic movements, time periods, countries, and topics in which art history is revisited to illustrate (both literally and figuratively) the range of [...]
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The Arts

Some of the Sights

  The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts Edited by Claude J. Summers Cleis Press. 373 pages, .95 (paper)   THE 200 ENTRIES in The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts cover individuals, artistic movements, time periods, countries, and topics in which art history is revisited to illustrate (both literally and figuratively) the range of [...]
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Guest Opinion

The Low-down on the Down Low

  Last season on the hit television series Law and Order, a young, “straight-acting” African-American male from a black neighborhood stood trial for the murder of a gay white man with whom he seemed to have no connection. The twist in this story was that the white man had threatened to reveal his sexual relationship [...]
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BTW

BTW

Takes on news of the day
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International

  Salvador da Bahia is perhaps best known to tourists as the most “African” city in Brazil. The administrative center of Bahia State, the third-largest city in Brazil and the country’s first capital (until 1764), Salvador displays the profound and abiding influence of the African slaves who were brought to its shores for over 300 [...]
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Humor

COLE PORTER has been considered by many to be the best writer of popular songs in show business history, but his impressive œuvre has been significantly incomplete until now, as the following stories of a number of lost songs demonstrate.
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Briefs

    Ultimate Gay Sex by Michael Thomas Ford Dorling Kindersley. 191 pages, .   The Gay Man’s Kama Sutra by Terry Sanderson Thomas Dunne Books. 144 pages, .95.   Motivated, no doubt, by fraternal concerns, two of our big brothers have written sex guides for their younger, slow-witted siblings. In Ultimate Gay Sex, Michael [...]
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Politics: GLBT Rights

Two Speeches from the Democratic National Convention

Following are the transcripts of two speeches delivered at the Democratic National Convention in Boston last July. No corresponding GLBT leaders were invited to speak at the Republican Convention.   Barney Frank Congressman from Massachusetts Hello. Thank you, thank you. But if you clap later, it doesn’t come out of my time.          I want to begin, [...]
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