Issues Archives: Twilight of the Idols

July-August 2016


They’re Back!  Over the years we’ve covered our share of anti-gay clergymen and politicians who were caught engaging in just the kind of activities that they habitually railed against in sermons and speeches. But such stories have fallen off in recent years. It was almost as if these guys were finally getting the message that […]

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The German Invention of Sexuality

  Peripheral Desires: The German Discovery of Sex by Robert Deam Tobin University of Pennsylvania Press 326 pages, $69.95     BACKGROUND IN A NUTSHELL: the dark ages for gay men began in the 4th century CE, when Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire. A taboo carried forward from the Holiness Code […]

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Nietzsche’s Hidden Trail of Desire

AT THE PEAK of his vitality, age 38, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was sojourning in Genoa, Italy. He cruised the sandy shores in white slacks, a healthy tan, and a Panama hat. Back in his hotel, he wrote in his notebook: “[I am] experiencing a menacing, heart-rending attack of desire and savage, pent-up surges of emotion … moments of sudden madness when the lonely man embraces the first man to come his way and treat him as a precious gift from heaven.”

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The Fine Art of Writing and Waiting

Stars Seen in Person is a good start toward reviving Wieners. Another step in this direction was the publication last year of a collection titled Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books).

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Healing Stigma in the Age of Social Media

  IN NOVEMBER 2011, an undercover news crew ambushed me and my wife outside an organic butcher’s shop where we were picking up our Thanksgiving turkey. At the time, I was a respected English teacher and rowing coach with more than two decades of teaching experience under my belt. But the only thing the news […]

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How the Supreme Court Sanctified Gay Sex

  FROM THE STONEWALL INN to the public restroom—what a long, strange trip it has been. It was only a year ago that the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges ruling was handed down. But the ruling did more than give of lesbians and gay men the right to marry; it tacitly condoned sexual practices […]

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John Boswell’s Religious Restoration

[Boswell] argued that the Bible is not hostile to modern understandings of homosexuality, having been misinterpreted by modern readings, and claimed that it wasn’t until the 12th or 13th century that any real hostility toward gay people emerged …

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The Accidental Activist: Pasolini’s Italy

  PIER PAOLO PASOLINI (1922–1975) did not actively do much for gay rights in Italy, and yet he contributed to progress inadvertently by appearing in headlines over and over again as the country’s most controversial gay person. One reason that he didn’t do much for gay rights is that he was personally homophobic. He saw […]

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Readers’ Thoughts

  Gay Trauma Is Real: A Rebuttal To the Editor: I was deeply disturbed by what I experienced as the anti-psychological attitude of Ty Geltmaker and James Rosen’s letter in the March-April 2016 issue in response to Douglas Sadownick’s recent letter. In my opinion, Sadownick’s message was centered on how to acknowledge and heal the toxic gay […]

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Short Reviews

Reviews of the books: Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution, Dog Men, and Some Go Hungry and the film: Clambake : 30 Years of Women’s Week in Provincetown.

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