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A Soldier’s Own Story

A Soldier’s Own Story

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On September 20, 2011, Rob Smith, then 29, was among the crowd at the Stonewall Inn that joined the advocacy group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in celebrating the official end date for the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. “It feels amazing,” the former infantryman told Gay City News that day. “I […]

The LGBT Writers Tribe Reconvenes

The LGBT Writers Tribe Reconvenes

BY MICHAEL LUONGO | The sixth annual Rainbow Book Fair, billed as the country’s largest gay book event, was held this past Saturday, March 29, at the Holiday Inn Midtown near Columbus Circle. It’s the fair’s third home, according to Sarah Chinn, a Hunter College professor and the event’s co-organizer. Past locations included the CUNY Graduate […]

The Fire that Forged Bravery

The Fire that Forged Bravery

BY BETH STROUD | On the first day of school in 1992, when broke poets could still afford loft shares on Avenue B, Kelly Cogswell scrounged a subway token to get to the first-ever Lesbian Avengers action in Middle Village, Queens. Right-wing groups in New York had raged for months about the Children of the Rainbow […]

A Formidable, Often Forbidding City Richly Embraced

A Formidable, Often Forbidding City Richly Embraced

BY TIM TEEMAN | Gossip: the lighter fuel of our interactions. It can be done badly and still be fun, or — as in Edmund White’s “Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris” — with delicious waspishness and detail and turn out to be a riot. This is one of those books best enjoyed with bon-bons. […]

A Scorekeeper Who Knew the Game Well

A Scorekeeper Who Knew the Game Well

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Late in his book “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival,” Sean Strub describes a dinner party he attended in 1992 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. After a servant took his coat, Strub joined “several men already enjoying drinks; they were older and, I deduced, probably conservative and possibly […]

The Trouble With Lenny

The Trouble With Lenny

BY DAVID EHRENSTEIN | The publication of “The Leonard Bernstein Letters” by Yale University Press is an event of considerable importance — providing insight into both an artistic original and broader cultural themes, as well. What editor Nigel Simeone has assembled in this volume — which includes missives from friends and collaborators, Aaron Copland, Jerome Robbins, […]

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | Who am I? A man? A woman? Gay? Straight? Am I normal? These are questions every transgender person likely asks themselves. Trans man Morgan Boecher attempts to answer these and more in his semi-autobiographical graphic novel, “What’s Normal Anyway?” Boecher, who recently read from the novel at Bluestockings Bookstore and Café on […]

Power In Spite of It All

Power In Spite of It All

BY KELLY JEAN COGSWELL | I saw her in the flesh for the first time at the gay museum downtown, this short, blonde, confident woman reading parts of her memoir aloud and sucking down impressive amounts of water as if she still had muddy roots — and an urgent need to stay hydrated or crumble to […]

Greatest American Film Actress

Greatest American Film Actress

BY DAVID NOH | Although she is not as celebrated and written about as her contemporaries Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis, a very strong case could be made for Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990), far more versatile than either, as the pre-eminent American film actress of the sound era. Easily supporting this assertion are her films themselves, 88 […]

Heavens Rise, New Orleans May Fall

Heavens Rise, New Orleans May Fall

BY MICHAEL SHIREY | There will never be a shortage of magic to come out of New Orleans –– be it jazz music, fine cuisine, or Southern literature. Christopher Rice’s new thriller novel, “The Heavens Rise,” is no exception. The best-selling author’s latest work is everything you’d expect from the son of New Orleans’ master of […]

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