AIDS Memorial Quilt presents virtual exhibition marking World AIDS Day

This year the AIDS Memorial Quilt is presenting a virtual exhibition to mark World AIDS Day, featuring thousands of panels from all fifty states. The exhibition is available to see now and will run through March 31. This year marks forty years since the first AIDS cases were reported in the United States. The Memorial […]

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Jan Morris dies at 94

Jan Morris, celebrated writer and transgender pioneer has died at the age of 94. Morris was revered for her journalism, histories, travel writings and her groundbreaking 1974 transition memoir, Conundrum. She herself rejected the term “travel writer” saying her books were “about place, which [is] nothing to do with movement” and in writing about her […]

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Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” wins the Man Booker prize

Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain, about a queer boy growing up in 1980’s Glasgow, Scotland, won the Man Booker Prize last week. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54976523 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/19/douglas-stuart-wins-booker-prize-for-debut-shuggie-bain Recently Stuart talked to NPR and to Vulture: https://www.npr.org/2020/11/14/934548946/shuggie-bain-will-lift-you-up-and-tear-you-up https://www.vulture.com/2020/11/shuggie-bain-douglas-stuart.html

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Nevada becomes first state to protect same-sex marriage as part of state constitution

Nevada voters approved an amendment to the state constitution which will protect the right for same-sex couples to marry. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/05/nevada-first-state-constitutionally-protect-same-sex-marriage/6183655002/ https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/nevada-becomes-first-state-recognize-gay-marriage-state-constitution-n1246607

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A “rainbow wave” of LGBTQ candidates in 2020 election results

In what some are already calling a “rainbow wave” in the 2020 election results, there have been many victories by LGBTQ candidates this year. Here are some stories and analysis: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2020/11/03/meet-2020-rainbow-wave-lgbtq-election-victories https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/2020-election-brought-notable-firsts-lgbtq-candidates/story?id=74019639 https://theconversation.com/rainbow-wave-of-lgbtq-candidates-run-and-win-in-2020-election-149066 https://apnews.com/article/lgbtq-candidates-milestone-election-f33555c8fd1a8d2c31417cc60bf0022c

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Carnegie Medals longlist announced; “Shuggie Bain”, “Memorial” & “My Autobiography of Carson McCullers” make the list

The 2021 longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction has been announced. Two novels with LGBTQ themes, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart and Memorial by Bryan Washington, are on the fiction list while My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland, described as an “exploration of one of America’s most […]

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LGBTQ representation in U.S. House could double

LGBTQ representation could double this year in the U.S. House of Representatives after Election Day. There are currently seven LGBTQ members of the House and at least 24 running this year. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/lgbtq-representation-house-could-double-election-day-n1245467

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Profiles of “Memorial” author Bryan Washington

Vanity Fair and GQ have published conversations with Bryan Washington, author of the new novel Memorial. His story collection Lot was a Stonewall Honor Book this past year and “Good Morning America” just announced Memorial as its book club pick for November. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/10/bryan-washington-is-writing-the-next-generation-of-queer-love-story https://www.gq.com/story/bryan-washington-memorial-interview

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