This week in the LGBTQ-themed arts:

The 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots was last week, and TV journalist Susanna Aaron commemorated the incident by staging a photographic exhibition depicting its impact on the gay rights movement on Christopher Street, where the Inn once stood.

Coinciding with Pride Week, the U.S. Department of Labor is including several classics of LGBT literature, from Walt Whitman to Armistead Maupin, on its long list of “Books That Shaped Work in America”.

Photojournalist Eric Politzer, one of many academics documenting the experiences of the LGBTQ community in Cuba, is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign funding the publication of ¡Out!, his photographic essay on Cuban gay and transgender cabaret singers.

Transition, an African and African-American studies journal, is devoting its next monthly issue in part to the experiences of LGBT persons in Nigeria, who are facing social and political persecution.

The British sitcom Vicious, which stars gay actors Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi as an elderly gay couple vying for the attention of a younger neighbor, had its American premiere on PBS this past weekend.

Gay Somali short story author Diriye Osman tells the Huffington Post about the importance of communicating stories–whether fictional, real or somewhere in between–regardless of whether they have an immediate audience.

Pat Sajak, the conservative Wheel of Fortune host whose friendly on-screen persona is in deep contrast to his controversial political remarks, made a faux pas on one show in which he openly assumed that a male contestant’s fiancé was female.

Out talks with the cast of Queer as Folk, the groundbreaking Showtime drama, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its series finale.

Andrew Wheeler of Comics Alliance praises the historic interpretation of mutants in the Marvel sagas as metaphors for the LGBT class.

Hugh Ryan of Vice interviews the now-eighty-year-old Don Bachardy about his recently newsworthy relationship with Christopher Isherwood.

This week on the Bomb Magazine blog, poet Adam Fitzgerald interviews poet John Ashbery about his recently published anthology of poems translated from the French.

You can buy the Ossining, New York house in which author John Cheever spent the last two decades of his life for about half a million dollars.

 

Image: Transition



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  • Michael Craft

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