Gay Icons and History: May 2011

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Inside 'Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo'

Filed by Jesse Monteagudo | May 28, 2011 | 12:00 PM | comments

In a new biography, Michael Schiavi pays tribute to Vito Russo, the "Celluloid Closet" lecturer, AIDS activist and founder of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.Read More


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Religious Conversion: Vintage 'Sexploitation'

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 27, 2011 | 10:00 AM | comments

Now, what kind of trouble could a bunch of wholesome religious girls get into inside the walls of a convent? Oh!Read More


Doric Wilson, Theater Great (1939-2011)

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | May 18, 2011 | 12:30 PM | comments

When the curly-haired ranch kid from Washington state got off the train in New York City in 1958, nobody would have predicted what a theater great he would become - inspired for decades by that wittiest of urban playwrights, Oscar...Read More


Vintage Cheesy Men's Magazine Cover

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 16, 2011 | 10:30 AM | comments

I post a lot of vintage cheesy men's magazines over on my sex blog and it's interesting to observe how routinely those pubs squeezed references to homosexuality on their covers. I have my own thoughts about it but would love...Read More


CNN Anchor Don Lemon Comes Out: Sends Message to Projectors

Filed by Bil Browning | May 16, 2011 | 9:30 AM | comments

This morning CNN anchor Don Lemon came out of the closet publicly. In an odd turn of events, Don and I have a connection. I was one of his first Facebook friends back when he actually used the site personally...Read More


Charlotte Cushman: Original Photo, 1870

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | May 15, 2011 | 11:30 AM | comments

It's always wonderful to find such shining gems from 19th century LGBT history. You can learn more about this fascinating woman on Wiki. She was America's greatest 19th century tragic and dramatic actress during the eras of Edwin Forrest and...Read More


Liberace Reimagined as AIDS Activist in New Short Film

Filed by Toshio Meronek | May 14, 2011 | 4:00 PM | comments

As Alex reported in January, somewhere in Hollywood, Michael Douglas is smothering on lip gloss to prepare for a heavy make-out session with Matt Damon. Douglas is set to play Liberace (and Damon his young lover) in the gay-for-pay Oscar...Read More