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The LGBTQ Community’s Betsy Ross

The LGBTQ Community’s Betsy Ross

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | June is the season of the rainbow, and now there’s a new book helpichildren better understand how this symbol became part of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. “Sewing the Rainbow,” written by Gayle Pitman, PhD, and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown, honors iconic Rainbow Flag creator Gilbert Baker who died early last […]

Butches and Femmes After Dark in the ‘50s

Butches and Femmes After Dark in the ‘50s

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Merril Mushroom’s “Bar Dykes,” written in the 1980s, concerns a lesbian bar in the 1950s. It has a cast of 11, butches and femmes, who gather each night at the bar, cruising, dancing, and drinking, with the threat of Lily Law always imminent. Performed once in Florida and once in Los Angeles, […]

Book Expo America Storms NYC

Book Expo America Storms NYC

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | There’s no book city like New York City as two major publishing industry events — Book Expo America and its sister gathering, BookCon, both at the Javits Convention Center — demonstrated again. Held May 30 to June 3, they represented the largest gathering of book industry experts and fans in the US […]

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 […]

Curious and Curiouser

Curious and Curiouser

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | “Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.” So joked Woody Allen back in the day. That was almost as glib as Mike Nichols’ similarly “classic” quip that “homosexuality used to be the ‘the love that dare not speak its name’ — and now it won’t shut up.” These […]

The Lessons of Loneliness

The Lessons of Loneliness

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | Abdellah Taïa, the gay Moroccan writer who lives in Paris, will be in Brooklyn on April 10 to do a reading at the main branch of the Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. The event, co-sponsored by the Belladonna* Collaborative and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop with additional support from Seven […]

A Sterling Debut Novel

A Sterling Debut Novel

BY DAVID NOH | “Say My Name” is an extraordinary first novel by Allegra Huston, which spins the tale of Eve, a garden designer, trapped in a dead marriage but revivified by a passionate affair with the much younger Micajah, the son of an old flame. A luminous sensitivity, sage emotionalism, and a true descriptive […]

Legacy of the Unspeakable

Legacy of the Unspeakable

BY GARY M. KRAMER | Out gay novelist Alan Hollinghurst, who won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for “The Line of Beauty,” will appear at the 92nd Street Y on March 29 at 8 p.m. in support of his new novel, “The Sparsholt Affair.” The book opens in the 1940s at Oxford, where three male […]

A Great Comic and a Good Man

A Great Comic and a Good Man

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | A poster with a large color picture of Bob Smith stood on the landing as guests headed downstairs at Carolines. “Sorry for your loss” from the staffer was followed by the realization that, damn, Bob Smith was a good-looking guy. Smith, 59, died after a 10-year, full-tilt battle with ALS, long known […]

PEN American Center Fêtes Edmund White

PEN American Center Fêtes Edmund White

BY CHRISTOPHER MURRAY | At its annual awards ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center on February 20, pioneering gay author Edmund White accepted the PEN American Center’s 2018 Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction. The award, which was announced on February 8, comes with a $25,000 stipend and is given each year to “a […]

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