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Edvard Munch, "Naked Men in Landscape" (1923-1930)

The Boys in the Band (2020)

Reviewing a remake is walking a tight wire. Some readers will be fans of the original for whom nothing can ever equal it. I enjoyed Tom Hanks in 2004’s Ladykillers, for example, but there’s nothing to compare with Alec Guinness in the 1955 original. Others will be fans of the remake who have never seen the original. And then there are the two movies, each with its own merits, each deserving of fair consideration.

Mart Crowley wrote Boys in the Band as a play, and it premiered off Broadway in 1968. It was notable for its frank depiction of gay life; because of the subject matter, Crowley had difficult finding an agent, a theater, and actors willing to play gay characters...  >> Read more >>

George Caleb Bingham, "The County Election" (1852)

Election Guide & Noteworthy Articles

As campaign-weary voters braced themselves for another presidential debate, RuPaul and the cast of Drag Race season #12 took to YouTube to urge us all to Vote. For. Your. Life. For the record, this is not hyperbole. With less than two weeks to Election Day, here are our thoughts on the candidates, the election, and voting:

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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 >>