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Mark Adnum

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The Sailor Who Fell From Grace: the 90th Anniversary of Yukio Mishima

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 11:12 PM

"I want to sit on rococo furniture wearing Levi's and an aloha shirt; that's my ideal of a life-style." - Yukio Mishima, 1959.

Yukio Mishima's suicide in November 1970, with its grim invocation of samurai machismo, is probably the most famous moment of his legend. It overshadows everything else, including...

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The Stigma Enigma

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 2:38 PM

I was Googling myself recently and came upon a full archive of a lively email thread that addressed my interview on this website with Simon Watney. Since most of the participants were not fans of me, Simon, or the interview, the thread provided some amusing reading, particularly the...

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Spins on Needles: An Interview With Ben Cuevas (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 8:41 PM

I discovered the work of Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist Ben Cuevas through his installation Jock Strap (a work in progress) (link NSFW), for which he sat nude in a men's locker room and knitted himself a jockstrap out of wool. Ben's fascinating work spans installation, sculpture, fiber, photography,...

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Not Quite Quiet: An Interview With Introverted Gay Porn Star Colby Keller

(6) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 7:45 PM

Colby Keller loves to chat, something evidenced by the bunch of conversations he's had with Nightcharm over the years (link majorly NSFW). He's also one of gay porn's most prolific and exuberant -- not to mention diverse -- performers, playing all kinds of roles in all kinds of...

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Reimagining Hope: An Interview With Simon Watney

(38) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:42 AM

Simon Watney has a long-established reputation in the field of HIV/AIDS as a writer, founder of numerous charities and not-for-profit companies, educator and service provider. From 1985 to '89, he was the founding chair of the Terrence Higgins Trust's Health Education Group, where he oversaw the development of...

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The Fascinating Tale of Fascist Italy's All-Gay Island Paradise

(23) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 11:38 PM

In 1938 a Sicilian mayor did the local homosexuals an inadvertent favor, and all in the name of currying favor with Mussolini. Anxious to appear as fascist as possible, the mayor of Catania noted the "spreading of degeneration" caused by local gay dances and gay behavior at some of Sicily's...

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The Importance of Being Larry

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 3:37 PM

When Oscar Wilde, the great homosexual, instructed us that "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life," he may well have been addressing this New York Times photo of Larry Kramer, playwright of The Normal Heart, marrying his partner David Webster last week. The ceremony took place...

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Undetectable Viral Load: As Safe as It Sounds?

(44) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:07 PM

The past four weeks have seen the 30th anniversaries of two milestone events. In mid-May 1983, the booklet How to Have Sex in an Epidemic was published, and two weeks later the Denver Principles were drafted. Decades later, gay men continue to explore possibilities around HIV...

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Skeletons in "The Closet"

(13) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Time has not been kind to The Celluloid Closet but then, Vito Russo never had much time for Time, either. Writing in 1981, Vito complained that no gay writer had produced any meaningful criticism of homosexuality in the movies, but actually, Parker Tyler had done just that, and nine years...

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Lovers of the Rich and Famous: Scott Thorson

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 5:24 PM

I'm so sick and tired of Liberace's people getting on national TV and bashing me, saying that I was nothing but a cocaine addict, just smearing my name. -- Scott Thorson

This blog post originally appeared on Nightcharm (link NSFW).

Now that Streisand's Oscars appearance has...

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I'm HIV-Negative

(62) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Majorities tend to be silent, just like the overwhelming majority of gay men -- that is, the (approximately) four out of five gay men who are HIV-negative -- who rarely initiate conversations about HIV.

Now, in many ways, this makes perfect sense, because being HIV-negative is, in a way,...

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Barbra's Buzz: One Barbra Queen's Guilt-Free Trip

(7) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 3:16 PM

Barbra Queens like myself obsess over Barbra's every mundane coming and going, so you can imagine the hysterical level of excitement and anxiety among our ranks as we anticipate her performance at the Oscars this Sunday night.

As you have no doubt heard, Barbra will sing at this year's Oscars...

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Saving Safe Sex: An Interview With Richard Berkowitz

(80) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 8:23 AM

WARNING: This post contains sexually explicit language. Please read on at your own discretion.

This blog post originally appeared on

Richard Berkowitz and Michael Callen writing How to Have Sex in an Epidemic. Mr. Berkowitz is on the left, and Mr. Callen...
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