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Love & SCOTUS: Writers on Gay Marriage and the Future

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 07.02.2015 | Books
Helen Eisenbach

When the Supreme Court released its ruling on same-sex marriage, I was walking to work, unaware history was being made. I was being given editorial notes over the phone, so my head was full of planned revisions when I got to the office and turned on my computer and there it was.

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.

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 ...

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.

Sad News For Nation's Oldest Gay Bookstore

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 04.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Giovanni's Room, which is believed to be the nation's oldest surviving bookstore catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communi...

'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.

Why Vox Should Keep Brandon Ambrosino

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

I have big issues with Ambrosino's writing. He's me 10 years ago -- and I don't love a lot of what I wrote then, either. Let's see if he can learn what I learned.

WATCH: Vintage Halloween Footage Shows 8-Year-Old As Mrs. Doubtfire

Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices

Writer Marty Maguire shares this adorable footage of himself as an 8-year-old boy, circa 1994, dressing up in drag as Mrs. Doubtfire for Halloween. ...

How Kenyan Author's Coming Out Will Impact Nation's Debate Over Homosexuality

AP | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — African literary light Binyavanga Wainaina announces he is gay to protest laws criminalizing homosexuality on the continent. ...

Bestselling Crime Author Opens Up About Her Sexuality

Posted 11.14.2013 | Gay Voices

Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell opened up about her sexuality in a HuffPost Live appearance this week. "For me, I feel it's important to own anyt...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: John Horne Burns' The Gallery

Perry Brass | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry Brass

I have just read one of the best books I've ever experienced in my life: John Horne Burns' The Gallery. It was praised when it came out in 1947; it was a bestseller, and Hemingway described it as the book he wished he had written about World War II.

Raphael Kadushin Gives Voice to LGBT Authors

Trebor Healey | Posted 09.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Trebor Healey

"We didn't have any LGBT list at all when I started as acquisitions editor [at the University of Wisconsin Press], but the real leap for us was incorporating more trade titles into our list.... And once I got the OK to do trade titles, I just saw so many strong LGBT titles going unpublished."

Trayvon Martin, the Voting Rights Act, the Repeal of DOMA and The Sin Warriors: We Are All Connected

Janet Mason | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Janet Mason

Unfortunately, it is safe to assume that had the U.S. Supreme Court not reached its verdict in 1967, many states would have kept their laws against interracial marriage for as long as they could.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Gay Writing Celebration Salutes Aging, Honors Pioneers

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

American culture is perceptibly aging. This was evident April 27 when West Hollywood celebrated Lambda Literary Foundations 25th annual benefit "A Celebration of LGBT Literary Pioneers." The evening was a smashing success, often touching beyond belief, and had standing room only.

Happy Birthday, Tennessee Williams!

Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known by his shorter and much catchier moniker, Tennessee Williams. The American playwrigh...

To The Reader Who Saved My Life

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 03.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

It wasn't enough just to have my book "out there." I needed to know that it meant something, that it had a larger purpose than simply entertainment. When you shared that the book had resonated so deeply with you that you'd already read it four times, I cried.

An Acclaimed Gay Author Surprises With Two New Novels

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

While A Horse Named Sorrow is a meditative tale set in San Francisco, Faun focuses on an adolescent boy discovering that his body is quickly morphing, but not into the expected stage of puberty. Healey was able to take some time with me to discuss his work and inspirations.

Love, Loss And Art: A Conversation Between Two Gay Novelists

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Fellow author Jeffrey Ballam and I share many characteristics. We are both gay men, debut novelists, human rights advocates and Twitter friends and have undergone the grieving process, with each of us experiencing a partner's death due to HIV/AIDS.

Gay Writers Give Birth To A 'Child Of The '70s'

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 07.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Michael Vaccaro and Terrence Moss are attempting to capture the spirit of the 1970s in a new Web series, Child of the '70s. The two recently met with me to discuss this shared love of the '70s and how it helped inspire their new series.

Modern-Day Algonquin: A Round-Table Discussion With 5 Gay Authors

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Kergan Edwards-Stout

Recently, a few of us connected to discuss our craft and the state of gay literature today. It was with great pleasure that I joined with Gregory G. Allen, David G. Hallman, Carey Parrish, and Arthur Wooten in our own gay take on the Algonquin round table.

Reading My Way Out Of The Closet

Christopher Bram | Posted 04.07.2012 | Books
Christopher Bram

I came of age in the 1960s and 1970s. I was a slow learner as a gay man and I used books to show me the way. You might say that I read my way out of the closet.

Voice To Voice: Joan Larkin And Tony Leuzzi Discuss Poetry

Posted 03.27.2012 | Gay Voices

This month we've invited several LGBT authors to participate in our first ever Voice to Voice conversation series. Throughout January we'll feature in...