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Recently, in the LGBT-themed arts:
This upcoming week, actress-activist Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black) is set to become the first transgender individual to appear on the cover of Time magazine, in tandem with a cover story on the budding transgender social class. The landmark issue will likely constitute the publication’s response to the controversy surrounding Cox’s omission from their list of the world’s 100 most influential people for this year.
Sébastien Lifshitz, the director whose film Les Invisibles–about outed gays in early-20th century France–won the 2013 César Award for Best Documentary, has just published a companion photographic essay to that film, showing rarely seen images of openly gay couples from that place and time. (This coincides with the noteworthy release of recently uncensored nudes of World War II-era naval soldiers.)
This past month saw the U.S. publication of James Wharton’s memoir Out in the Army, about his experiences as an openly gay British soldier, as well as of such LGBT novels as Stephen Greco’s Now and Yesterday and Jeremy Scott Blaustein’s The Home for Wayward Ladies.
Robert Camina is releasing his documentary Upstairs Inferno, which chronicles the unsolved 1973 arson attack on the Up Stairs Lounge in New Orleans that claimed thirty-two lives and is considered the worst hate crime against LGBT persons in America.
Another documentary being released is Nicholas Wrathall’s Gore Vidal: United States of Amnesia, which focuses on the life and philosophies of the late, provocative, liberal author. Though known for his sexual encounters with both men and women, Vidal refused all labels.
The German publishing company Bruno Gmünder, introduced in the early 1980s and known for the Spartacus travel guide for LGBT tourists and the magazine Männer, is restructuring its finances after experiencing some fiscal difficulties.
A recording of the songs from the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch that features the cast of the current Tony-nominated Broadway revival, which includes Neil Patrick Harris in the lead as a post-op German transgender woman, will be released by Atlantic Records in July.
Transgender Studies Quarterly, the first humanities journal to be devoted to the title subject, has been debuted by Duke University Press.
New York magazine compiles seven brief accounts from community members who lived through the ravages of the early-1980s HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Janet Mason of the Huffington Post writes an appreciation of Edmund White, the beloved American author and memoirist.
Buzzfeed has a list of six lesbian-themed web series, some of which already have multiple seasons, and all of which have links on the page.