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Photographer Captures Private Moments Of LGBTQ Icons In Stunning Color

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.16.2017 | Queer Voices

Photographer Tom Atwood wanted to his new book to capture George Takei, John Waters, Meredith Baxter and a host of other LGBTQ newsmakers in a more in...

A Day In The Life Of Emily Skeggs Of The Hit Show 'Fun Home'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 09.06.2016 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Emily Skeggs plays Medium Alison in the the Broadway musical Fun Home. The Tony-nominated actress shared with NewYork.com an epic 24 hours traveling t...

10 Compelling Graphic Memoirs that Will Make You a Devoted Fan of the Genre

Off The Shelf | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

For years and years, I labored under the assumption that comic books were only read by nerdy guys with a childish penchant for superheroes. But after seeing Marjane Satrapi's harrowing and exuberant film, Persepolis, I was shocked to find that it was adapted from a graphic memoir.

Audre Lorde Magic

Linda_Villarosa | Posted 02.16.2017 | Queer Voices
Linda_Villarosa

We black girls have our magic, but we need the words of Audre Lorde now more than ever. And in these messy times, so does everyone else.

2015: Year of the Arsonist

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 12.31.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Like African Americans, women, immigrants and religious minorities before us, LGBT people have faced a backlash ever since we first stood up for ourselves. Organizations come and go, and the focus of our efforts changes; but the work of democracy continues.

'Fun Home' Discusses Coming Out

Christian Lewis | Posted 12.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Christian Lewis

In more ways than one this is a very important musical for women, for feminism and for lesbians. This inspiring, nuanced and most importantly, autobiographical work helps to prove the legitimacy and skill of women in Broadway as well as spread awareness about lesbian experiences and narratives.

How a 'Pornographic' Lesbian Graphic Novel Ignited a Culture War at Duke

The Daily Dot | Posted 08.27.2016 | Entertainment
The Daily Dot

A group of freshmen at Duke University is boycotting a critically acclaimed book assigned for summer reading because of its gay-themed content. The book in question is Alison Bechdel's illustrated memoir Fun Home--which has recently been made into a Tony Award-winning musical. The memoir follows Bechdel's relationship with her closeted gay father, who committed suicide after the then-19-year-old author came out to her parents as a lesbian. It's a tough story to read, no doubt, but it's a reality that many LGBT people face.

Why a Gay Atheist Reads the Bible: A Lesson in Learning to Duke's Class of 2019

Michael Lambert | Posted 08.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Lambert

No matter how far a Southern man goes, he can't outrun Scripture. After a decade as an open atheist and nearly half as long as an openly gay man, the Word still imperceptibly slips from my lips at the odd moment or two.

Duke Students Refuse To Read 'Fun Home' Over Gay Themes, Nudity

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Some new Duke University students are very unhappy with a summer reading option that has gay themes. Incoming freshmen began posting on the Class of ...

Fun Home and the Gift of Being Out

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 06.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

The Tony Award-winning musical, Fun Home, begins and ends with a child, Alison, demanding that her father play "airplane" with her. In between those bookending moments we see Alison grow up, come out as a lesbian, and take flight as a lover, while her father sinks into the closet as a gay man.

This Comic Book Is The Geeky, Feminist Answer To Bad Dating Advice

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.26.2015 | Arts

"I think there are always such silly ideas out there of women being mysterious creatures when it's usually quite the opposite,” comic book publisher...

Rodham Rising

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Bernie is a great guy, but he is no Steph Curry, and he is no Alison Bechdel. His value, not to be underestimated, is in pressuring the frontrunner by energizing progressives.

Alison Bechdel: Is Caveh Zahedi God?

Fandor | Posted 06.18.2016 | Women
Fandor

Authored by Alison Bechdel "I was transfixed by the spectacle of someone apparently even more self-absorbed than I was." -- Alison Bechdel Alison...

Why 'Fun Home' Speaks To Me

Joel Grey | Posted 06.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Joel Grey

Like Alison's father, I grew up in a time when being openly gay was totally unacceptable and truly dangerous. Both of us got married and raised children. But unlike the father in the play, after the end of my marriage, I revealed my true self to my friends and family, finding only love.

5 Reasons Why You Have to See 'Fun Home'

Liz Feldman | Posted 06.04.2016 | Queer Voices
Liz Feldman

Fun Home tells the story of Alison, a young girl growing up in a funeral home with a closeted father. The musical is based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel and it weaves her coming out and coming of age story with her father's own tragic struggle towards self-realization.

The Fabulous Broadway Season That Was

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.29.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you ask me, On The Town, which is currently slightly trailing both other contenders in my Tony polling, deserves the win. I, like most, was worried when the show was announced for that barn of a theater, but director John Rando proved the doubters wrong.

'Fun Home' - A Layered Perspective

Anita Lo | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Anita Lo

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a preview of Fun Home in its new home on Broadway. As I left the theatre, I was struck by how the layering of different perspectives on top of one another make for a more complex, more satisfying final product.

'Fun Home': Seeing the Beauty in the Butch

Cathy Renna | Posted 05.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Cathy Renna

For decades I have been an avid fan of Alison Bechdel's work. What lesbian wasn't? In a world where our stories were so rarely told in an authentic manner, Alison's world and the characters she brought to life gave us a way to feel validated in a way that media representations never did.

The Fun House

Elizabeth A. Povinelli | Posted 05.14.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabeth A. Povinelli

In Fun Home, what opened so perilously between my grandparents and me opens again between those standing across the same mortuary table or pressing their bodies against each other in the same narrow dorm bed.

On the Culture Front: Airline Highway, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Holiday Cocktail Lounge, and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.05.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Broadway to many means big dance numbers and actors hurtling outsized emotions into the rafters. While there are certainly plenty of tiresome revivals and knockoffs alike that make an all too vivid case for this, there are also bold producers remaking the landscape of commercial theater with subversive, challenging and deeply moving musicals and plays.

On the Couch with the Keenan-Bolgers: FUN HOME

Celia Keenan-Bolger | Posted 05.07.2016 | Queer Voices
Celia Keenan-Bolger

FUN HOME was one of those rare theatrical experiences that resonated with us so deeply that we couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks after leaving the theater. Rather than break our phones group-texting each other, we decided to sit down and talk about the show.

A Trip To 'Fun Home'

Andrew Rannells | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Rannells

As soon as Fun Home began, I knew this was something incredible. Anyone who has ever looked back at their life, specifically their childhood, with a closer eye and an open heart, will cringe and laugh and cry at this story.

Fun Home: This Dynamic Family

Danny Groner | Posted 06.23.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

If you're looking for emotional and original storytelling, rich music, incredible and intricate stage production, top-notch acting from both veteran and young actors, Fun Home is the play to see. How, you may ask, does one musical pull off so much? By making it look easy and effortless.

Aisle View: Come to the Fun Home

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Seekers of provocative, invigorating and entertaining theatre--musical or dramatic--will find it at Circle in the Square. To those who think that Fun Home doesn't sound like their sort of entertainment: this is musical theatre at its best, so go anyway. You're likely to be surprised, and thrilled, and enthralled.

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway Gets Its First Lesbian Protagonist In 'Fun Home'

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Although recent years have seen a wealth of gay content on the New York stage, “Fun Home” breaks fresh ground as the first Broadway musical to fea...