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C.W. Eckersberg, Two Shepherds, 1812-1813 (National Gallery of Denmark)

Alec by William di Canzio Retells Forster’s Classic Gay Novel Maurice From the Gamekeeper’s Point of View

by E.M. Forster is among the greatest gay novels of all time. Set in England about 1912, it tells the story of the young, gay stockbroker Maurice Hall, who meets and falls in love with the servant Alec Scudder while at a country house party. Notably for early gay novels, the story ends happily, with Alec telling Maurice, “Now we shan’t be parted no more, and that’s finished.” Forster completed the manuscript in 1914, but it was only published in 1971, after his death.

In , playwright William di Canzio has written Scudder’s story, from childhood to his meeting Maurice to the trenches of World War I...  >> Read more >>

American Library Association, World War I poster, 1918

Holiday Book List · 2020

Art

Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero

Everyone knows Tom of Finland’s work even if they don’t know his name. With his iconic pencil drawings of leatherbound and uniformed muscle hunks with oversized phalli, Tom both embodied and helped shape the aesthetic of a generation. This new edition of Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero makes a selection of his works from the 1940s to the 1980s available in beautiful coffee table format, including many explicit and color images that were not included in the original 1993 printing.

Photography

Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s–1950s

This beautiful volume showcases hundreds of historical photographs of male couples from the collection of Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell.

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Big Ben at night by Bartlomiej Markiewicz/CC BY 3.0

A Gay Wastrel Falls in Love

I’ve always been a fan of Tom Sharpe, who wrote Porterhouse Blue. This British academic satire tells the story of Zipser, a graduate student at stubbornly medieval Porterhouse College. Zipser is writing his dissertation on the political significance of pumpernickel in sixteenth-century Westphalia, and when he’s not doing that he’s trying to get laid. Somehow he winds up with cartons of condoms in his room; fearing he might be accused of stealing them, he tries to get rid of the evidence by inflating them with gas from the grate and sending them up the chimney. The flue, however, gets clogged with flammable condoms; and when a guest lights the grate, the ancient tower explodes, taking poor Zipser with it...  >> Read more >>

Tom's room in Los Angeles by Henning von Berg

Tom of Finland’s Official Life Is Back

Everyone knows Tom of Finland’s work even if they don’t know his name. With his iconic pencil drawings of leatherbound and uniformed muscle hunks with oversized phalli, Tom both embodied and helped shape the aesthetic of a generation. Rebel Without a Cause may have predated Tom’s bikers by a decade or two, but it was Tom who codified the garb of the gay biker and helped to popularized it around the world. This new edition of Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, by F. Valentine Hooven III, makes a selection of his works from the 1940s to the 1980s available in beautiful coffee table format, including many explicit and color images that were not included in the original 1993 printing...  >> Read more >>

U.S. Supreme Court at night

One Man’s Crusade for Gay Rights

Three days ago, the United States lost one of its greatest liberal jurists: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During her 27-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg voted in the majority in a number of critical cases concerning LGBTQ rights, including those legalizing gay sex and same sex marriage and prohibiting employment discrimination. We are in shock at her loss.

One of the first to recognize the role that the courts might play in advancing the cause of LGBTQ rights was Franklin E. Kameny, a young astronomer who was fired by the U.S. Army Map Service in 1957 for being gay. Kameny was not a pushover, however, as Eric Cervini details in a new biography, The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs...  >> Read more >>