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Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

Celebrating Queer Literature and Mentorship

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | The Tony Awards were only the second-gayest ceremony in town last week, as luminaries from the LGBTQ community gathered Monday, June 12 to celebrate the 29th annual Lambda Literary Awards. Hosted by multi-genre artist Mx Justin Vivian Bond, the ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts handed out prizes to […]

What’s the Harm?

What’s the Harm?

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | At 58, the indefatigable lesbian writer, academic, and activist Sarah Schulman is producing a set of works astonishing for their diversity of thought and form as well as for their depth of feeling and content. What all these works have in common is that they speak directly to some of the most […]

World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day 2015

MON.NOV.30 The ABCs of PrEP The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Amida Care have developed a six-part video series detailing what people should know about PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a regimen of the drug Truvada that taken as prescribed is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. Tonight, Callen-Lorde, Amida, and the LGBT Community Center host […]

Politics of Race, Sexuality in a Seminal Film Moment  

Politics of Race, Sexuality in a Seminal Film Moment  

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Stephen Winter’s audacious fiction “Jason and Shirley” considers what might have transpired when Shirley Clarke (Sarah Schulman), a straight, white, Jewish filmmaker, interviewed the black gay prostitute and would-be entertainer Jason Holliday (Jack Waters) for her landmark 1967 film “Portrait of Jason.” The real-life 12-hour interview session took place on December […]

Sri Lanka By Way of Staten Island    

Sri Lanka By Way of Staten Island    

BY DONNA MINKOWITZ | I like looking at the people of Staten Island. I especially like looking at people who are waiting with me to board the ferry, not chic — never chic — but beautiful. This man or woman with shaved sides of the head but long hair down their back, this woman fat with […]

Putting On A Show… and Then Another and Another

Putting On A Show… and Then Another and Another

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Oh, I’ll go to three shows a day most weekends,” noted the downtown performance maven Nicky Paraiso as we walked along the Bowery a few nights before Thanksgiving. We’d just been to see sexy naked Hungarian dancers writhe about the stage for an hour while sweating copiously at the Abron Arts Center. […]

One of the Last Lesbians Standing… In Publishing

BY KELLY COGSWELL | Early in July, I had a conversation with Sarah Schulman, writer, queer activist, historian, and co-founder of the Lesbian Avengers. We talked about what contributed to that group’s successful launch, including the vibrancy of the lesbian subculture in 1970s and ‘80s. We also discussed why it’s so hard for lesbian writers to […]

Re-Reading Sarah Schulman’s “After Delores”

Re-Reading Sarah Schulman’s “After Delores”

BY KELLY COGSWELL | These days I mostly read to entertain myself and kill time, though books are still what I turn to when I need to understand my own life or try to lend it meaning. After I gave up on the Bible, I obsessively read “The Black Unicorn,” Audre Lorde’s collection of poetry. […]

ABA President Withdraws From NYC Russian Investment Forum

ABA President Withdraws From NYC Russian Investment Forum

BY ANDY HUMM | The president of the American Bar Association, who was set to be the keynote speaker at a daylong New York conference on November 18 about investing in Russia, has withdrawn from the event. After pressure and entreaties from gay leaders, an ABA spokesperson said that James Silkenat will not be speaking at […]

Public Library Examines AIDS Activism Through Its Artifacts & Architects

Public Library Examines AIDS Activism Through Its Artifacts & Architects

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | An exhibit at the New York Public Library that opens on October 4 focuses on the years of activism that forced government at all levels as well as private institutions to respond to the AIDS epidemic in America. “The library is doing this show because after five years of working to […]

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