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A Taste For Danger Transformed

A Taste For Danger Transformed

BY GERALD BUSBY | Growing up in Tyler, Texas, I never missed a service at the First Baptist Church. I especially liked Sunday School, which began at 9 a.m., with kids my age gathering to sing gospel songs from a small spiral-bound hymnal called “Youth Sings,” immediately followed by prayers of face-wrenching sincerity in Jesus’ name. […]

A Crime Targeting the Latinx LGBTQI Community

BY ALEXIS PAMPILLON | Today more than ever, we have a responsibility to talk deeply about the reasons at the root of why situations like #PulseOrlando happened. All day that Sunday, I was at a conference where the majority of people in attendance were Latinxs, and I didn’t totally understand what was happening. I didn’t know […]

Orlando, Memories of the Ramrod, and Faith-Based Terrorism

BY TIM GAY | We could have died in a spray of Uzi bullets. I was running late, but Glen Martin was already there, drinking a beer. Glen called from a pay phone as I was leaving my apartment. He was yelling with sirens in the background. “Thank God you’re still home… Don’t come down here… […]

Hustling Books and Expanding My Territory

BY GERALD BUSBY | As a typist in an advertising agency and the proud occupant of a tiny $50-dollar-a-month apartment at the corner of Spring and Mulberry Streets in Little Italy, I felt like I belonged in New York. It was 1963 and I had voted for John F. Kennedy and followed his presidency with an […]

Pride Wangled From My Audiences

Pride Wangled From My Audiences

BY GERALD BUSBY | I came out while a junior at Yale in 1959, when a gay witch hunt brought me face-to-face with the campus police. The practice back then was to “catch” one of us expressing himself orally in a public restroom and then coerce him to reveal his cohorts. Shades of the House Un-American […]

Big Man on Campus

Big Man on Campus

BY SAM OGLESBY | Not long ago I attended a play on 10th Avenue in a ramshackle building in the West 50s. One of those neglected structures with an elevator that takes five minutes to travel three floors. In was a late winter evening and the play took place in a dark, drafty loft space, a totally […]

When a Panic Puts Four Lesbians in Jail for 15 Years

BY LENORE SKENAZY | This will sound strange but it only gets stranger: A man in the Yukon who lives in a hut and has a team of 30 mush dogs got interested in the topic of female sex offenders. Go figure. The man, Darrell Otto, may trod the frozen tundra, but like everyone else, he […]

This Year We March

This Year We March

BY EMMAIA GELMAN | This Thursday, Irish Queers will break with 25 years of protest against the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and march up Fifth Avenue in the actual parade. Believe that we are overjoyed that we don’t have to protest anymore. As per the rules of the parade, we’ll be in […]

Blindness and Insight

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away — America in the 1950’s — “homosexuality” was “the unspeakable.” Oh sure, everyone “gossiped” about “who was” and “who wasn’t,” but such talk wasn’t considered part of “polite conversation.” Only a decade or two before, Djuna Barnes’ Sapphic cri de coeur “Nightwood” […]

A Starbucks Tutorial

BY LENORE SKENAZY | Please pay attention. There will be a quiz. Starbucks recently took out a two-page, fold-out, super-slick ad in the New Yorker to educate us benighted, Folgers-swilling plebes on “The Art of Espresso and Milk.” Using a chart only slightly less complex than the Periodic Table of the Elements (for instance, it did […]