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Issues Archives: Outings and Innings

March – April, 2004

An HIV Policy that Saved Lives

  Learning to Trust: Australian Responses to AIDS by Paul Sendziuk University of New South Wales Press, 262 pages   Positive by David Menadue Allen and Unwin, 243 pages   WHEN WE TALK about the history and future of AIDS, we tend to do so through narratives of tragedy and disaster and despair. The reasons […]

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Media Year: 2003 in Pictures

  Last year was marked by a number of extraordinary breakthroughs in the political arena, but 2003 was also a year of cultural milestones, with many “firsts” for gay men and lesbians in the mainstream media. Here are a few of the ones most talked about:

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Emily Dickinson’s Smoking Poems

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Questions for Queer Eye

  THERE IS a certain specific risk involved in writing this essay. The current mood in journalism and popular culture welcomes the lighthearted, the upbeat, the optimistic—especially where gay politics is concerned. This discussion of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy will seem quite dismal compared to the recent enthusiasm over the gayification of popular […]

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Hope and Fear in Today’s Poland

This piece follows up on a feature article by Pawel Leszkowicz on gay art and politics in Poland in the G&LR’s May-June 2003 issue.

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What Friends Were For

  The Friend by Alan Bray University of Chicago Press 380 pages, $40.     THE FRIEND begins with the author’s dramatic discovery two decades ago at Christ’s College, Cambridge, of a monument marking a tomb in which two men are buried. Placed there in 1684, the monument, as Alan Bray describes it, “is likely […]

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Darwin’s Dead Ends

  The Gilded Age Construction of Modern American Homophobia by Jay Hatheway Palgrave  Macmillan 232 pages, $45.   Jay Hatheway’s The Gilded Age Construction of Modern American Homophobia traces the progression from the “invention” of the homosexual to the “construction” of a new kind of beast that threatens the very foundation of the civilized world. […]

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Everybody knows that the Bird is the Word

  Language and Sexuality by Deborah Cameron and Don Kulick Cambridge University Press 176 pages, $21. (paper)   “WHAT IS SEX?” Language and Sexuality opens with a question that was prompted by President Clinton’s denial that he had “had sex” with Monica Lewinsky. Authors Deborah Cameron and Don Kulick, a lesbian and a gay man, […]

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Not for Every Coffee Table

  Art—A Sex Book John Waters and Bruce Hainley Thames & Hudson 208 pages, $29.95 (paper)   The comedies of John Waters are practical exercises in æsthetic philosophy. This theme is sometimes fairly explicit, as in Pecker, about a young photographer who “sees art when it isn’t there,” and in Cecil B. Demented, in which […]

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Will It Be Marriage or Civil Union?

  THIS FALL, while the Right was still staggering from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, Massachusetts dealt conservatives another body blow when its highest court legalized same-sex marriage. In a 4–3 ruling authored by Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held that denying marriage to homosexuals violates the […]

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