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Vito Russo

Courageous Conversation: Jay Blotcher

Derrick De Lise | Posted 04.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Derrick De Lise

I recently had the opportunity to have tea and a chat with Jay Blotcher, the illustrious writer, activist, and publicist.

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

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2016 | Queer 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 05.15.2016 | Queer 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 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.

WATCH: George Takei Gets A Big Honor

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

GLAAD's 2014 Media Awards took place on Saturday, and actor and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist George Takei was among those ho...

Gatekeepers Beware, the Closet Doors Are Open

Sean Savoy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
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.

Anderson Cooper Tapped To Receive GLAAD's Highest Honor

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Anderson Cooper will receive the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) most prestigious honor this year. The CNN anchor will acce...

Is $33,000 Too Much for a Life-Saving Drug?

Toshio Meronek | Posted 02.25.2013 | San Francisco
Toshio Meronek

People who have HIV/AIDS are able to live longer than ever before, but only if they can get their hands on the drugs. AIDS is still very much a crisis. ACT UP SF is calling for free meds for low-income people, more affordable meds for everyone, and more transparency.

Ever Believe It Was Wrong To Be Gay?

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

"I never once, not for a second, believed that it was wrong to be gay," says Vito Russo in the HBO documentary VITO, which premiered this week. How many of us can say the same? And why not?

Preserving a Hero's Legacy

The New York Public Library | Posted 09.25.2012 | Home
The New York Public Library

Vito spotlights the passionate, dedicated and fierce-yet-gentle activist who help found organizations such as ACT UP, exposed negative stereotypes of homosexuals in mass-market films in his legendary book The Celluloid Closet and fought for government action during the AIDS crisis.

Vito Russo, Founding Father Of Gay Liberation, Gets His Star On HBO

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

He was an authentic original, a bit like a whirlwind. It was a remarkable experience knowing him.

Vito Russo's 'Why We Fight': Revisiting The Explosive 1988 AIDS Speech

Jeffrey Schwarz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey Schwarz

"Why We Fight" was a fiery 1988 speech given before a tumultuous crowd of angry ACT UP demonstrators at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Today, July 11, on what would have been Vito's 66th birthday, we present "Why We Fight" in its entirety.

LISTEN: Jeffrey Schwarz Talks 'Vito,' His New Documentary On 'Celluloid Closet' Author Vito Russo

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with director Jeffrey Schwarz about his brilliant new HBO documentary Vito, which truly honors Russo's memory, his sacrifice, and his dedication to LGBT equality.

Vito, Vito, Vito!

Jeffrey Schwarz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.