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  • The Other France

    A coming-of-age story, The End of Eddy describes in graphic detail the tribulations of a gay teenager growing up in the depressed northern region of France during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

  • The Philippines: Make Way for the Baklas

    Baklas are effeminate men who dress in women’s garb and consider themselves in every way to be female. You may occasionally see them in other Asian countries, but their sheer numbers here, and their widespread acceptance, is what sets the Philippines apart.

  • People of Colors vs. the Whiteness House

    People of Colors employs naturally colored sand as paint, drawing on recent fashion magazine advertisements. Working with the sands of time for over thirty years—encrusting cars and a motel, sandblasting and filling a car—these sand drawings seem frail and intimate.

  • Why Is a Gay Man Hiding in Little Caesar?

    EDWARD G. ROBINSON’S portrayal of Caesar Enrico Bandello in the 1931 film Little Caesar helped create the movie gangster archetype. Writer Jason Fraley describes Little Caesar as introducing the antihero chasing a lawless American Dream.

  • An Activist on Three Fronts

    In Jane Crow, Rosalind Rosenberg delineates [Pauli] Murray’s education, career, and personal life in the context of American history. We see Murray as a young woman struggling against Jim Crow laws in the South, becoming a member of the Communist Party Opposition, and working for the Negro People’s Committee to Aid Spanish Refugees.

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Hungarian PM Fails to Address GLBT Equality

  This was the scene in Budapest this month: The World Jewish Congress took the extraordinary step of holding its quadrennial conference in support of the local Jewish community after recent anti-Semitic incidents in Hungary. Some 500 people attended the events. The far-right organized demonstrations against them. The Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, cleared his schedule to […]

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Fire Island: Two New Books Celebrate the Fragile Gay Mecca

The New York Times published today an article about Fire Island that coincides with the 60th anniversary of the founding of The Pines, and mentions two newly published books about its history. One of the books, titled Fire Island Pines, Polaroids 1973-1983, is by GLR friend and contributor Tom Bianchi, whose photographs of beautiful men in beautiful settings have […]

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Find the Gay Swimmer

Which is more improbable, that a tiny island nation of 100,000 is able to field an Olympic swim team, or that one its members is openly gay, fully accepted by his teammates, and an activist for GLBT equality? One-named, New-Zealand-born Fonua represented the South Pacific archipelago of Tonga in the 100-meter breaststroke competition at the […]

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Cuba’s Gay Community Stands Up Against Homophobia & Transphobia

HAVANA — A week of drag shows, colorful marches and social and cultural events in Havana culminates Friday with celebrations of the International Day Against Homophobia.

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Exhibit A

Being gay can be grounds for gaining asylum in tolerant countries if you come from, say, Iran, Uganda, or Cameroon, where gays are persecuted. This avenue of escape has caused authorities in some quarters to suspect that people are falsely claiming to be gay. As reported in an earlier BTW, some countries, such as the […]

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Taboo Tattoos

And why leave Russia when another tale of cluelessness awaits? The Russian military has announced that new recruits will now have their tattoos inspected because the Kremlin believes that they can reveal signs of homosexuality. According to the Defense Ministry’s central administration, soldiers will be given a thorough physical exam to look for tattoos in […]

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