Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” on the Booker shortlist

Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain has also made the Booker Prize shortlist (and last week was named to the longlist for the National Book Award) with his coming of age tale of a young gay Glasgow boy set during the 1980’s. Stuart spoke about his book earlier this summer: https://theface.com/culture/shuggie-bain-douglas-stuart-book-release-picador

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Brandon Taylor’s “Real Life” makes the Booker shortlist

Brandon Taylor’s debut novel Real Life, an LGBTQ themed novel set on a Midwestern campus, has made the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize. Taylor gave this interview earlier this summer: https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/m7jkep/brandon-taylor-real-life-casual-racism-review-interview

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Lost gay fairytale rediscovered and brought to life

Writer and illustrator Pete Jordi Wood has rediscovered an LGBTQ themed fairytale that has been in existence since at least the 19th century. Queer themes in folklore were long suppressed and “deleted” and now readers can explore The Dog and the Sailor in book form and in a virtual exhibit and narration. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamiewareham/2020/08/21/why-this-charming-gay-fairytale-has-been-lost-for-200-years-stith-thompson/#25b306ca6163 The virtual […]

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New documentary “Cured” explores the battle to have homosexuality removed from APA list of mental illnesses

The film which documents the battle of LGBTQ activists that led to the APA removing homosexuality as a mental illness from the DSM in 1973 will be screening at festivals this fall, have screening opportunities through educational and other organizations, and will eventually air on PBS. https://www.queerty.com/doctors-considered-homosexuality-illness-cured-celebrates-heroes-proved-otherwise-20200823 https://thequeerreview.com/2020/09/02/outfest-2020-film-review-cured/ https://deadline.com/video/cured-trailer-outfest-documentary-lgbtq-patrick-sammon-bennett-singer/ The website for the film has […]

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Dictionary.com adds LGBTQ words

Dictionary.com announced additions of many LGBTQ words and also will replace “homosexuality”, using instead “gay”, “gay man”, “gay woman” and “gay sexual orientation”. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/09/dictionary-com-just-added-lot-lgbtq-words-will-use-homosexuality-less/ https://www.out.com/books/2020/9/03/dictionary-replaces-homosexual-largest-update-ever A press release from Dictionary.com explained the updates, called their biggest ever, with changes in words relating to race, sexual orientation, climate and internet culture.

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Author Randall Kenan passes away at 57

Award winning writer and professor Randall Kenan has died at the age of 57. Kenan explored Black gay life in the South with story collections (Let the Dead Bury Their Dead) and a novel (A Visitation of Spirits) and also edited a collection of James Baldwin non-fiction (The Cross of Redemption). His most recent collection […]

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New Warhol exhibit explores gender and sexuality in his work

A new Andy Warhol retrospective at the Tate Modern in London explores themes of gender, sexuality and race in his work and his life. https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/warhol-exhibit-explores-roles-gender-sexuality-his-life-art-n1236516 The exhibit can be explored virtually through this tour: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/andy-warhol/exhibition-guide Image from Tate Modern

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Honoring queer suffragists

As we celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage and the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, there are several pieces examining and honoring queer suffragists and their place in the movement: https://www.them.us/story/queer-suffragist-history https://www.womensvote100.org/the-suff-buffs-blog/2020/6/9/the-very-queer-history-of-the-suffrage-movement

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UPDATE: Proposed rule on transgender health blocked by judge

A proposed new rule by the Department of Health and Human Services that would have rolled back protection of transgender patients was halted by a judge this week until it can be heard by a court. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-rule-transgender-health-blocked-11th-hour-n1237044

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