Ersi Sotiropoulos’s What’s Left of the Night wins translation award

At its annual conference in Rochester, the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) named its National Translation Award winners for 2019, as the United States market’s “only national award for translated fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction that includes a rigorous examination of both the source text and its relation to the finished English work.” Translater Emmerich […]

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES RULE CHANGE ALLOWING ADOPTION AGENCIES TO BLOCK LGBT FAMILIES

The ACLU is suing the Trump administration to block a proposed Health and Human Services rule that would allow “tax-funded adoption agencies to reject prospective parents on faith-based grounds”  which would disproportionally impact LGBTQ+ people wanting to adopt.  https://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-proposes-rule-change-allowing-adoption-agencies-block-lgbt-families-1469339

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Puerto Rican Astrologer Walter Mercado Dies at 87

Walter Mercado was known and loved in the US and Latin America for his astrology readings and predictions.  He first became well known in Puerto Rico as an actor and dancer and moved to South Florida in the early 1990s.  There, he joined Univision and began a new career with new fame, delivering horoscopes, always […]

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Queer Palestinian community holds ‘historic’ protest against LGBT violence

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Haifa on Thursday (August 1) to protest against LGBT violence following the stabbing of a transgender Arab teen. The protest was planned by a group of more than 30 organizations in response to the stabbing outside a shelter for LGBT youth in Tel Aviv last week. https://972mag.com/queer-palestinian-protest-lgbt-violence/142586/

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Crosswalks now rainbows in Chicago’s Boystown

Rainbows have always been a symbol of the GLBTQ community and during the Pride month of June rainbows can be seen even more. In Chicago, Illinois in “Boystown,” a popular neighborhood on the northside, the chamber of commerce there decided to paint rainbows throughout the crosswalks. “Boystown” now has many crosswalks that are painted in […]

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Writer Hilary Sloin dies at her home in Ashfield, Massachusetts

Essayist, playwright and novelist Hilary Sloin died on June 11, 2019 at her home in Ashfield, Massachusetts of an apparent suicide.   She studied creative writing at Marlboro College and received a graduate degree in playwriting from NYU.  She was 55 years old and a co-owner Stray Dog Antiques.  In 2014, Sloin’s only complete novel, Art on Fire, received the Stonewall-Barbara Gittings Literature Award from the […]

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Recommendations for Pride Month

We hope you’re having an EXCELLENT pride month! Recently, Oprah Magazine came out with an excellent list of LGBTQ books, as recommended by LGBTQ authors. Allison Bechdel recommends Word is Out, Gerard Conley recommends Nightwood, and Nicole Dennis-Benn recommends Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, among others. Here is a link to the slideshow: […]

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