February 15, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Amid news Monday of all-American defensive end Michael Sam's announcement that he was gay, Library Company of Philadelphia curator Connie King lifted the veil on an exhibition titled, coincidentally, "That's So Gay: Outing Early America. " King could not have known that a major gay rights story would be breaking just as she launched the eight-month exhibit of mostly 19th-century archives from the venerable library. The timing, however, underscored the timelessness of a cultural evolution and civil rights struggle that remains very much a work in progress.
February 16, 2012 |
Eminent Outlaws The Gay Writers Who Changed America By Christopher Bram Twelve. 384 pp. $27.95 Christopher Bram's 1995 novel The Father of Frankenstein may have been fiction but was so accurate in its depiction of '30s gay film director James Whale that it could have passed for biography. Bram shows even more narrative power in his new nonfiction book Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America . Bram's portraits of an often-reluctant gay literary vanguard is fascinating enough, but alongside a 50-year narrative of unexplored gay aesthetic, he also provides a parallel history of the gay-rights movement.
October 20, 2011 |
Professional translator Steven Capsuto is also an expert about gays and lesbians on TV. "I have more than 2,000 video recordings," the Haddon Township resident says. "I have every queer episode of Medical Center except two. " That creaky Chad Everett melodrama of the 1970s had gay content? Who knew? Capsuto, 47, knows. He's the author of Alternate Channels , a soon-to-be updated examination of homosexuality's emergence from the broadcasting closet. It's a subject he regularly lectures about on college campuses.
August 1, 2011
STEVEN PETROW, the author of Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life , goes places that would have given Emily Post the vapors. He plunges into a diverse range of subjects including what I'll call the etiquette of fellatio. (Stop reading now if you're easily offended.) A polite gay man doesn't just do the "head shove," but instead tells his partner what he likes. And once things get busy below the belt, a mannerly man doesn't just - uh, you know - but instead warns his partner.
July 1, 2009 |
I was born on the day of the Stonewall riots - June 27, 1969 - so my life is an individual history of the 40-year-old modern gay-rights movement. What makes my story particularly representative is just how conventional my life has become. I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. My parents were liberal college professors, but I was aware in high school - in the 1980s, when there was no treatment for AIDS and hatred for gays reached a fever pitch - that they wanted both of their boys to be heterosexual.
June 20, 2008 |
A humorless drag diva dishing out advice to the lovelorn in black glitter and blond wig: If this is your idea of a good time, then Q, at the Walnut Theatre's Studio 5, is the show for you. Miss Tipsy (Gregg Pica) provides "tips," of the kind you'd get if Dan Savage and Dear Abby had a love child. The best number in Q is the last: The entire ensemble belts out "In My Body" with melodic passion. But mostly, Q (one of the "Six in the City" productions being presented by the Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival)
May 2, 2008 |
Philadelphia is a long-time beacon in the civil rights movement for gays and lesbians. In fact, a plaque just across from Independence Hall commemorates the "annual reminders," the demonstrations at the hall in support of gay rights each July Fourth in the mid- to late 1960s, well before most cities even thought about such action. This week, Philadelphia hosts the 16th annual Equality Forum, believed to be the largest such event in the world, with as many as 75,000 people coming to the city for panels, seminars, arts events, and street festivals for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
April 19, 2007 |
WHEN LARRY BIRKHEAD threw his arms in the air after being named the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, who knew he was leading everyone in the chorus of "Y.M.C.A. " According to a "World Exclusive" in the National Enquirer, Birkhead leads a secret gay life. Model Kerrick Ross says he and Birkhead were lovers a half-dozen years ago. Maybe Anna Nicole's bio should be called "Scared Straight. " "America doesn't know the whole story about Larry Birkhead," Kerrick told the Enquirer.
March 27, 2007 |
Seeing Some Men in its Off-Broadway revamp, which opened last night at Second Stage in midtown, is like reading the dictionary definition of quantum leap. The look at American gay life by versatile playwright Terrence McNally - given a world premiere by the Philadelphia Theatre Company last spring - is everything in New York that it was not in Philly. Except fully frontal. In Philadelphia, the show bared all, and a lot of all. While the new version's not exactly modest, it's dressed up both intellectually and physically.
January 19, 2006 |
Sooner or later, more than a few of us men do a mountain stint. Scenes from the film Brokeback Mountain triggered bigger-than-life reminders of time I spent on that lonely hilltop. My Brokeback occurred 20 years ago in San Francisco. Serving as a naval officer, I was engaged to be married to a woman. But a severe case of cold feet pushed me to a critical turning point. Unlike Ennis Del Mar (played by Heath Ledger in the film) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), the movie's protagonists, I broke off that engagement six weeks short of my wedding day. Believe me, it was not easy telling my fianc?e a hurtful truth.