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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom.

Is AIDS Literature Dead?

John Whittier Treat | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
John Whittier Treat

Does anyone read fiction about AIDS anymore? The years when HIV/AIDS ravaged gay America, with no good treatment or cure in sight, are now over, and with them the decade of remarkable writing by gay men (and those close to us) that chronicled that time.

7 Things You Never Knew About Christopher Isherwood

Chris Freeman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Freeman

Christopher Isherwood (1904-86) was an Anglo-American writer whose novels, memoirs, plays, and diaries span the 20th century, from his modernist beginnings in the late 1920s to his pathbreaking memoirs of the 1970s.

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

You Go, Gurl!: How LGBTQ Literacies Create Social Justice in the Classrooms and Beyond

Michael Carosone | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I do not believe in keeping information within the confines of academia. (What is the purpose of knowledge if it only remains within the ivory tower and tiny bubble that is the university?)

LGBT Books to Warm Up With

Janet Mason | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Janet Mason

It's been a cold winter. Very cold. One of the things that I'm doing to keep warm is to take an imaginary LGBT cruise in my head -- through books -- to exotic lands. The first stop was the land of queer history.

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

Mark Adnum | Posted 03.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

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 Mishima's three nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Reflecting on the Boystown Book Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

Thankfully, things have improved quite a bit since those days. I now enjoy watching Will and Sonny on Days of Our Lives, and gay characters populate many shows on television and online. Still, I still keep thinking that there is room for more.

The Next Step Is Oblivion: The Future of Gay Literature

Marten Weber | Posted 01.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

Without the stigma, much of what we have written about in the last hundred years will be largely irrelevant. We won't be suffering, suicidal, sex-crazed perverts anymore; we will be loving, caring, responsible individuals, even in the mind of the reading public. It may be some way off, but we are getting there. What, then, will happen to literature?

A Drag Queen Queers Shakespeare

Michael Carosone | Posted 12.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

Yes, even Shakespeare must be queered (well, it's already been done, but I'm going to do it again). And what better way to queer Shakespeare than by ...

Living Marriage Equality: Redeeming the Dream and All I Love and Know

Janet Mason | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I am a new convert to the cause of same-sex marriage. I have been a lesbian for most of my life and a second generation feminist. When I was young, I never dreamed of being married. When I came out (in the early 1980s), I was hugely relieved that I had dodged the matrimonial bullet.

The Life of a Gay, Former Child Soldier

Diriye Osman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Stanlake is a beautiful, androgynous teenager living on a dangerous and desolate council estate in South London with his mother, Poppy. They're both recently arrived immigrants in the UK.

How Do We Stop LGBTQ Youth From Killing Themselves?

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

During the spring semester of 2002, while I was teaching my creative-writing class at Sheepshead Bay High School in Brooklyn, a student finally shared and read aloud a poem that he had just written. And after he read, our jaws dropped with amazement, our eyes widened with shock, our brows curled with concern, our hearts stopped with empathy, and our bodies froze with fear.

Poetry With A Purpose: A Review Of A Dan Vera's 'Speaking Wiri Wiri'

Michael Carosone | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

You can intellectualize a theory, not a poem. And I am not wasting my time and brain cells trying to decode your poems, trying to figure out what you are trying to write and communicate. Poetry does not belong to the elite; it belongs to everyone.

School District Scraps Summer Reading List After Gay Book Furor

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 08.12.2014 | Gay Voices

A Delaware school district has scrapped its entire summer reading list for college prep and honors students after the removal of a lesbian-themed youn...

Marriage and the Military: Three New LGBT Books to Enjoy and Think About

Janet Mason | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Nothing is better than a good book that takes me to an unexpected place. I recently picked up Lesbian Marriage: A Sex Survival Kit, and then I picked up Active Duty: Gay Military Erotic Romance and Rookies: Gay Erotic Fiction. What the books have in common is that none of them was what I expected.

Why We Must Tell Our Own Stories

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

I was offering a window into the lives of young people who happen to be African and gay in the midst of considerable hostility, but still managing to hang on to their identity.

We Can't Forget About Gay Literature

James McDonald | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
James McDonald

Young people, gay and otherwise, need to see gay people as no different from anyone else, to see them in scenarios that characterize the lives of human beings as a whole. Unfortunately, for those like me, who looked to literature for a guiding light, the terrain was too often depressingly barren.

On the "Lammys"

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

On June 2, 2014, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate their twenty-sixth anniversary. Deacon Macubbin, owner of Lambda Rising Bookstore and publisher of the Lambda Book Report, started the awards in 1989.

Lesbian Author Tackles Edmund White, Gains a Deeper Understanding of the Gay Icon, the Writer, the Human Being

Janet Mason | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

When I heard about his latest book, I decided that it was time to read Edmund White. As a lesbian writer, I have very little in common with White, but as I kept reading Inside a Pearl, what I found was an Edmund White I could relate to -- one who could lay his life on the page.

How A Smash Musical Fueled One College's Gay Rights Debate

Reuters | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, S.C., April 20 (Reuters) - Students at a South Carolina public university are snapping up tickets to the...

'Other Voices, Other Classrooms': The Musings of a Gay Middle School Teacher

J. Patrick Redmond | Posted 06.07.2014 | Gay Voices
J. Patrick Redmond

I have experienced my share of intolerance and "chin-wagging" from adults whose world perspective is limited. It is my goal to populate the world, as best I can via education, with the antidote to these kinds of die-hards and dogmatists.

'The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray', 'Foolish Hearts': Gay Love and Marriage?

Janet Mason | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Love makes the world go round. And when it comes to LGBT civil rights, love is what all the fuss is all about. Two recent books from Cleis Press (both published in 2013) brought the idea of love to the forefront of my mind, in very different ways.

A Reading List for a New Generation of Gay Men

Chris Davis | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Chris Davis

"We resent you. You astonish us." I understand those two sentences, but will others that come after me? It made me wonder if the newer generation of gay men remembered our recent history and sacrifices that helped them get to where they are today.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary ...