Category: Sexuality

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Michael Bronski: The Oscar Wilde Fad

  There has also been a explosion of Oscar Lite–a plethora of new "wit and wisdom" books that recycle every epigram, aphorism, and clever turn of phase Wilde ever penned, uttered, or was overheard muttering to himself. He was one of the first public figures to cultivate a cult of personality. Adam Gropnick noted recently Read more…

Hannibal Travis: Congress Privatizes the Net

Buried deep in the mammoth spending bills recently passed by Congress, with barely a whimper from the "all-Lewinsky, all-the-time" news media, were two complex pieces of legislation that threatened to further erode privacy and free speech on the Internet. Between them, the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) and Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) criminalize speech Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Right Wing Nixes Gay Christ

Bronski Corpus Christi, Terrence McNally’s dramatic refiguring of the Passion with a queer Christ and a sincere message of tolerance for everyone, has opened on Broadway. While the charge of anti-Catholicism and the threat of violence still hangs over the production and the theater, the relative post-opening night calm provides time for some serious reflection Read more…

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Sonia Shah: Looking Back, Moving Forward

SOUTH END PRESS: What achievements of the Left have given you the most hope for the future?   ALBERT: Ending feudalism, ending slavery, enacting labor laws, winning universal suffrage, ending Jim Crow laws, overcoming much of the mindset and practice of patriarchy as it was entrenched though the 1950s and 1960s, bringing gay rights and Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Onward, Christian Soldiers?

  Gay Pride, Boston, June 21, 1977: It was a hot Saturday afternoon on Boston Common, and the crowd listening to speeches was restless. At long last, Charley Shively (professor of history at Boston College and a founder of Fag Rag, one of the first gay-liberation publications in the country) began his keynote speech. Sounding Read more…

Kate Duncan: Microbroadcasting

  The movement for low-power community radio was relatively low-key until Stephen Dunifer founded Free Radio Berkeley with the intent not just to operate a small radio station, but to go to court in its defense. While the case lingered in the 9th Federal District Court, Dunifer used the protection of microbroadcasting’s legal limbo to Read more…

Sandy Carter: Feminism and Classic Blues

   Because blues is such a heavily male dominated musical genre, it’s often forgotten that the first popular blues recording stars were women. During the 1920s when the emerging recording industry first realized the commercial potential of blues, women so dominated recorded blues that the popular image of a blues singer was a big-voiced black Read more…

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Michael Bronski: Fear of a Queer Planet

  One of the most tiresome avenues of gay and lesbian film criticism has been the cataloguing and dismissing of "negative images of gay people" as either bad politics or bad art. Thus defined, the question of "is it good for gay people" feels overly restrictive and unfruitful. Life—and art—is far more complicated than simply Read more…

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Leslie Cagan: It Should Be Possible, It Has To Be Possible

  For over 30 years, Leslie Cagan has been a tireless organizer: from the Vietnam War to racism at home, from nuclear disarmament to lesbian/gay liberation, from fighting sexism to working against U.S. intervention. Her coalition and organizing skills have put hundreds of thousands of people in the streets in many of the country’s largest Read more…

Sandy Carter: Short Cuts

  In the last decade the music industry has gradually discovered the music of American Indians. As a result, at least a small portion of the music buying public has started to hear sounds that have nothing to do with the Hollywood western soundtracks that have defined “Indian Music” as methodical drum beats, shaking rattles, Read more…

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