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Our New York      July-August 2015
  • Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie

    Letting Down Appearances

    Grace and Frankie charts the fallout from the perspective of a gay man’s wife whose husbands have left them for each other. Veteran stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are Grace and Frankie.

  • Kent Monkman, Duel After the Masquerade, 2007. Collection of Jennifer Dattels.

    Out, Outed, Ousted

    The recent show Irreverent: A Celebration of Censorship at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York (Feb. 13–May 3, 2015) spotlighted some important cases of censorship at the institutional level—situations in which an artist or a work has been removed from a show, or restricted from view, after it had gone on display.

  • Janet Flanner. Photo by Berenice Abbott.

    At the Hidden Core of the Big Apple

    New York was the seat of transatlantic queer cultural ascendancy in the interwar years and after World War II.

  • Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

    Under the Fashion Juggernaut

    One can’t decide whether Gods and Kings is about the horrors of consumerism or two gay Brits who experienced the catastrophe of success. Whatever the answer, it makes one wish the whole business would shrink, subside, and return to what it used to be.

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Metamorphosis

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Gay Crossing Ahead

The city of Vienna wants to increase pedestrian awareness and safety, so they’ve installed “Walk” and “Wait” signals that feature images of same-sex couples. This comes at a time when Germany is racing to install more “female” signals to address criticism that manly shapes have predominated for too long. So, if Walk and Wait signals […]

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New Movie Takes You Inside Larry Kramer’s World

LAST YEAR, HBO aired the movie version of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, the autobiographical play that he wrote in 1985, a fictionalized account of how he came to found the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in response to the AIDS epidemic—Kramer insists on the word “plague”—only to be expelled from the organization a few years later […]

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Ireland Sends a Message to the World

IN A NATIONAL REFERENDUM on May 22, Ireland became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, not by judicial or legislative action, but by a popular vote. How did a country long assumed to be a conservative Catholic stronghold, which only decriminalized homosexuality in 1993, become the first to take this course […]

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That’s Amore!

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