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A Family Fierce, Passionate, and Talented

A Family Fierce, Passionate, and Talented

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | It was a fierce crowd — both in presentation and emotion — that gathered to celebrate the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards on the day the Supreme Court handed down a decision supporting a bigoted baker. Clad in bright, dark, and fabulous suits and gowns (and shorts and kilts), several hundred literary […]

Pride Plays — And Musicals and Spectacles  

Pride Plays — And Musicals and Spectacles  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Welcome to our fifth annual round-up of what’s on, what you should see, and how you can get in if you plan to make a trip to the theater part of your Pride celebration — and you haven’t planned ahead. The good news is that if there’s something you want to see, […]

Lambda Literary Fêtes Rita Mae Brown, John Waters

Lambda Literary Fêtes Rita Mae Brown, John Waters

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | America’s LGBT literati descended on New York for the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards held June 1 in the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union in Lower Manhattan. Writer Perry Brass said he has attended the awards from nearly the very beginning, commenting that the event “has preserved the glamour of the gay […]

Zanele Muholi: We Have to Document

Zanele Muholi: We Have to Document

BY SUSIE DAY | A few weeks ago at the Queers and Comics conference, I heard Alison Bechdel on a panel, talking about how her epic “Dykes to Watch Out For” got started. “At first, I just wanted to see me and my friends in the world,” Alison said. “But after 25 years of doing that […]

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | A rueful graphic novelist recalls her awkward first lesbian encounter. Distraught parents argue at the top of their lungs. A suicidal, closeted funeral director hits on underage boys. Not exactly the typical stuff of hit Broadway shows, that’s for sure. Welcome to “Fun Home,” the bittersweet musical based on Alison Bechdel’s popular […]

Literary Gala Remembers Work Left to Be Done

Literary Gala Remembers Work Left to Be Done

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Kate Clinton, the wry and brainy comedian who is a tireless emcee for all sorts of LGBT community gatherings, set the tone right at the top of the June 2 Lambda Literary Awards. “Have you noticed some premature LGBT triumphalism out there?,” she asked, perhaps thinking of several recent books from […]

Musicals in Flux

Musicals in Flux

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The stark contrast between where musical theater has been and where it can — and arguably should — go in today’s world could not be more pronounced than in the difference between “Big Fish” on Broadway and “Fun Home” at the Public. “Fun Home,” Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s brilliant new musical […]

Going for the Silver

Going for the Silver

BY SETH J. BOOKEY | At a ceremony April 25 at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, the Publishing Triangle Awards, which recognize LGBT writers and writing, celebrated their 25th anniversary. Trent Duffy, the group’s treasurer, recalled that the Publishing Triangle was created when a handful of motivated lesbians and gay men in publishing met in the […]