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Remembering Vito, 25 Years Later: Vito Russo, the Visual Arts and AIDS

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Vito Russo, the legendary gay and AIDS activist whose achievements have already earned him a biography and several film documentaries, is best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet and as a co-founder of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)

How Gay Sex Led to Gay Liberation

Matt Baume | Posted 05.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

When you get down to it, the word "liberation" really does fit. We do all have an inner political prisoner. That little gay boy, raised as Ian said as though he's straight, up until the moment he comes out.

On William Friedkin's Cruising, 35 Years On

Nathan Smith | Posted 04.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Smith

The film had a storyline that can only be described as salacious and lurid. The narrative naturally beguiled my 16-year-old closeted self, and added to my own internet cruising for doses of gay culture before regularly deleting the browsing history.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

Gatekeepers Beware, the Closet Doors Are Open

Sean Savoy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Sean Savoy

In America we celebrate many liberties, among them the freedom to publish. The logical consequence of the right to produce books is the freedom to read. Now, this may be a "chicken or egg" dilemma, but whichever way you look at it, one action should naturally follow the other.

Skeletons in "The Closet"

Mark Adnum | Posted 06.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Adnum

Time has not been kind to The Celluloid Closet but then, Vito Russo never had much time for Time, either.

Vito, Vito, Vito!

Jeffrey Schwarz | Posted 12.14.2011 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Schwarz

Beyond his work as a film scholar, I learned about Vito's life as an activist within the early gay liberation movement, and how he integrated his love of movies with his critique of how they represented LGBT people.

HuffPost Review: Howl

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Howl is a gutsy, inventive film about an important moment. It's not for everyone but should please those who are open to the chances it takes.