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RuPaul's Drag Race season 12

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12

The final episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12 aired on May 29, 2020. RuPaul was, as always, herself. She said repeatedly that this was one of the most talented casts in the show’s history. And it is impossible to do justice to the creativity and beauty of thirteen different queens across fourteen hours of programming in a few hundred words.

But with no disrespect to the other queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12, I did have some favorite moments—and a few least favorites.

Season 12 Favorites

Among my least favorites was the “World’s Worst” contest in episode 3. How do you win a “worst of” contest—by being the best at being the worst, or just by being the worst?..  >> Read more >>

Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent

A Painter and His Muse

The show Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent opened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on February 13, 2020. I knew I wanted to go but figured I could wait a bit. As I write this in early June, we are in the midst of a pandemic; while the show will run through the end of September, I don’t know whether I will get to see it before it closes. Fortunately the Gardner put together a lovely catalog, so while it may not yet be possible to see the show in person, we can see the contents of the show in book form...  >> Read more >>

Achilles mourns the death of Patroclus

A Stirring Gay Romance of Ancient Greece

The tale of Achilles and Patroclus, first recounted by Homer in the Iliad, is one of the great archetypes of male friendship. It has been told many times since, most recently by the gifted novelist Madeline Miller in her bestseller The Song of Achilles.

Achilles was one of the great heroes of the Greeks in the war against the Trojans, which started after the Trojan prince Paris abducted Helen, wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. As told in the Iliad, the war has dragged on for many years, when Agamemnon, king of the Greeks, takes from Achilles a Trojan maiden named Briseis, who had been awarded to him as a spoil of war...  >> Read more >>

Gay Resources

Crisis Hotlines

Gay Blogs

  • Accidental Bear – Gay art, music, fashion, and bears (some NSFW)
  • Bammer – Stories from the LGBTQ (mostly gay) community
  • Boy Culture – Matthew Rettenmund’s blog about everything gay
  • The Closet Professor – Musings about gay politics, poetry, religion, and life
  • Queerty – “Life, entertainment, politics, goods”
  • Towleroad – Gay news and culture

Gay Health

Gay Podcasts & Radio

  • GayFM – German dance station; listen online or by app

Gay Publications

  • Advocate – News, opinion, arts, and entertainment magazine
  • Attitude – British gay lifestyle magazine
  • The Gay & Lesbian Review – Bimonthly review of LGBTQ books and culture
  • Gay Times – British LGBTQ celebrity, fashion, and lifestyle magazine
  • Out – Fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle magazine
  • Poz – Magazine about health, life, and HIV
  • RFD Magazine – Gay country living, unofficial journal of Radical Færies

Gay Rights

  • GLAAD – Works to end anti-LGBTQ coverage in U.S.
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Gay books

Gay Books: A Reader’s List

Herewith, a list of books that may be of interest to gay men, from fiction to photography to history. Not an authoritative list of “approved” gay books; just a selection of works that have at one time or other caught my eye, for better or worse. Read at your own risk!

Anthologies

Art

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Two male mallards "kissing," with hearts

About Gay·F·fect

gay·F·fect is a free review of gay books, art, and culture. We work to promote awareness and acceptance of literary and artistic works by gay authors and artists—and about gay themes—focusing on the gay male experience.

We know what it is like to live in a world we fear won’t accept us, both a straight world (because we are gay) and a gay world (because we aren’t the folk in Queer as Folk). We also know what it is like to read hundreds of books desperately searching for one that captures these experiences—and the joy that comes in finding one that welcomes us into its world even when the real world doesn’t...  >> Read more >>