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Geeking Out at Flame Con      

Geeking Out at Flame Con      

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | It seems strange that an event like Flame Con — New York City’s first-ever queer comic convention — did not exist before now. But fear not — the folks at Geeks Out not only responded to the call, they delivered. And the unique Victorian splendor afforded by Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall only […]

Putting the “T” In Geek      

Putting the “T” In Geek      

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | In decades past, geek media like comic books and video games avoided direct mention of LGBT themes. While Geek media was often seen as childish, LGBT representation was viewed as inherently sexual and unsuitable for kids. In recent years, a new generation of gay and transgender creators have begun making their own […]

M For Midnighter

M For Midnighter

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Warren Ellis originally created Midnighter in 1998 as part of the “Stormwatch” series for DC Comics. Midnighter, along with fellow super hero Apollo, would go on to be among DC’s strongest gay protagonists — the two even got married in 2002’s “Transfer of Power” graphic novel. Enter Steve Orlando, who, 17 years […]

Peaks & Valleys

Peaks & Valleys

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Delmas Howe is an American realist painter known for his homoerotic body of work. His most recent show, “Guys and Canyons,” on exhibit through April 21 at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, was launched a few years back with a series on rock canyons located near his New Mexico […]

Eclectic in Elements and Imagery

Eclectic in Elements and Imagery

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | “Night and Day,” the first major US solo museum exhibition of Chris Ofili will span the artist’s entire career, encompassing painting, drawing, and sculpture. Over the past two decades, Ofili has become known for his vibrant, meticulously executed compositions that fuse elements derived from figuration, abstraction, folklore decoration, and pop-cultural kitsch. […]

Claire De Couture

Claire De Couture

BY DAVID NOH | The history of fashion is awash with the names of male gay designers, but there have been surprisingly few women couturiers who have identified as queer. There were once bisexual whispers about Coco Chanel and, recently, Jill Sander has been quite open about her lesbianism. A couple of summers ago, I […]

Imagining a Different Art Discourse 

Imagining a Different Art Discourse 

BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN | In a new exhibition at George Billis Gallery, Wes Hempel explores notions of masculinity by setting portraits of present-day men against backdrops that resemble paintings of the historical Neoclassical and High Renaissance era — Nicolas Poussin and Guido Reni frequently come to mind. Hempel’s work especially reflects his interest in masculine […]

Return of the Native 

Return of the Native 

BY DAVID NOH | I am in back in my homeland, Hawaii, for my annual sojourn and, as usual, reveling in the sun, sea, and succulents of all kinds to be found here. As a celebrity who shall remain nameless with whom I have a kind of “Same Time Next Year” relationship here said, “The ideal […]

I Want My Queer TV 

I Want My Queer TV 

BY BRIAN MCCORMICK | Who gets to tell our stories and why does it matter? It’s 2014 and Laverne Cox, the breakout trans star of the Netflix hit “Orange Is the New Black,” just made the cover of Time magazine. LGBT and queer characters are everywhere you look — and more and more they reflect […]

Queer Black Men Getting Their Tens

Queer Black Men Getting Their Tens

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The Tenth, experimental, collectible, and, at $40 an issue, expensive, is a new publication in town that aims to show gay black men in a new light. The creative collective Pink Rooster Studio’s Andre Jones, Khary Septh, and Kyle Banks are the driving forces, working with more than 80 contributors — including […]

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