LGBTQ HISTORY MONTH: New HBO series “Equal” examines LGBTQ rights movement

The new HBO Max docuseries Equal (premiering October 22) combines documentary footage with live action narrative to bring the story of the early LGBTQ rights movement to life. You can read about the series and see a trailer here and also read about who plays who here.

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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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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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“Stuck Rubber Baby” is reissued for its 25th anniversary

First Second Books has published a 25th anniversary edition of the late Howard Cruse’s classic graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby. Alison Bechdel has written an introduction for this edition: https://slate.com/culture/2020/07/alison-bechdel-howard-cruse-stuck-rubber-baby.html

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“The Deviant’s War”: New book explores early LGBTQ rights movement

Eric Cervini’s new book, The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America (which recently became the first LGBTQ history book to appear on the New York Times bestseller list in over two decades), explores the early LGBTQ rights movement focusing on Frank Kameny’s activism while tracing its ties and debts to other […]

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Art museum exhibit examines the relationship between James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney

“Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door”, an exhibit at the Knoxville (TN) Museum of Art explores the 38 year relationship between artist Beauford Delaney and author James Baldwin, a friendship that “shaped one another’s creative output and worldview”, and the exhibit tells their story while exploring the “nature of the racial and […]

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ONE Archives Collection at the USC Libraries

The ONE Archives Collection at the USC Libraries has launched a new online exhibit entitled Safer at Home, in which objects from the past will hopefully “mirror” our present times. A new archival piece will be added each week with comment and contextualization, effectively creating and developing an exhibition in real time.“Visual culture acts as a […]

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