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Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, "The Battle of Vercellae," 1725-1729 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

October 5, 2021

Five things to know about the MCU’s first openly gay superpowered character · Bryan Tyree Henry plays a gay Phastos in Marvel’s Eternals. ► Read more at NPR

Conservative business groups support the Equality Act – Congress should heed their call · “The Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act has recently expanded to include 467 member companies…, a combined $7.1 trillion in revenue, and more than 15 million employees.” ► Read more in Fortune

Wyoming librarians under fire for books about sex, LGBTQ issues · Residents of Campbell County have filed 35 complains about 18 books, including This Book Is Gay, which bills itself as an “instruction manual” for people who have just come out...  >> Read more >>

Carlo Naya, "Night View of the Grand Canal, Venice," ca. 1875 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

October 4, 2021

The Magician by Colm Tóibín: A difficult Mann to know · Tóibín’s new novel about the “private and public life” of German author Thomas Mann, best known for Death in Venice, “never quite convinces as biography or fiction.” ► Read more in The Guardian

Culture wars finds a new target: Pride flags in classrooms · From Florida to Texas to Missouri to Oregon, administrators are removing pride flags from public schools for being “political, quasi-political, or controversial.” Students and teachers are fighting back. ► Read more at NBC News

Two Black queer men talking · Gar McVey-Russell chats with Casey Hamilton about his debut novel MENAFTER10, “about a group of young, Black gay men looking for meaning, identity, and connection in the digital age.”..  >> Read more >>

Alice Pike Barney (1857-1931), "Young Man" (Smithsonian American Art Museum)

October 1, 2021

So who’s going to be the next James Bond? · As Daniel Craig’s last Bond film opens in theaters, Out shortlists a dozen LGBTQ actors for the role of the next 007. Spoiler alert: Not all are men. ► Read more in Out

The Census Bureau’s first ever data on LGBTQ+ people indicates deep disparities · According to the survey, we are more likely than straight people to have “lost employment, not have enough to eat, be at elevated risk of eviction or foreclosure, and face difficulty paying for basic household expenses.” ► Read more in The 19th News

The impossible life of Fernando Pessoa · A new biography takes on the engimatic Portuguese author...  >> Read more >>

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Euphiletos Painter, Panathenaic prize amphora depicting runners, ca. 530 B.C. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The Ancient Olympics in Art

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This year’s Olympics in Tokyo are, without a doubt, the gayest Olympics in modern history. At last count, more than 180 out LGBTQ athletes were participating in this year’s games, and “Team LGBTQ” was in eighth place with 22 medals. Only a small minority of those participants are men, and the medal count reflects that: So far, only two out gay men have won medals: Tom Daley’s gold in diving, and Carl Hester’s bronze in dressage.

Yet when not competing, today’s Olympians are more demure than ever. As Outsports reported, “male rowers now wear loose pants and medal ceremonies after 2012 bulge pics went viral.”..  >> Read more >>