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This week in the LGBT-themed arts:
Beloved writer Frank M. Robinson died on Monday, June 30th; the science fiction author, who served as speechwriter to San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, wrote Milk’s famed “You’ve Got to Have Hope” speech.
This Thursday sees the opening of this year’s annual OutFest film festival, which has been promoting LGBT cinema since 1983, in Los Angeles; The Advocate narrows down the one hundred fifty films in the lineup to a concise list of twenty-seven recommended favorites.
Opening Ceremony, a SoHo-based clothes store, is breaking barriers in fashion by marketing a line of shirts featuring designs by artists of LGBT variants of hentai, or Japanese pornographic manga.
Macmillan is commemorating recently deceased YA author Nancy Garden‘s life by granting $2500 to the National Coalition Against Censorship, an organization that is tirelessly drawing attention to free speech issues faced by, among others, the LGBT community in the U.S., in education and beyond.
On the Greek island of Astypalaia, archaeologists have uncovered a series of graffiti dating as far back as the 600s B.C. that graphically depicts gay sex, both in pictures and words. Though homosexuality in ancient Greece was famously casual, the discovery is momentous for its timing and explicitness.
The Huffington Post praises Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo, a straight British-Nigerian woman author who is herein focusing on an elderly Antiguan closeted gay male protagonist, who is married to a woman but falling back in love with a childhood crush. This novel recently won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize.
Band of Thebes announces the re-release, and the endorsement by Stephen Fry, of Sandel, a 1960s novel by Angus Stewart about the ethically dubious relationship between a nineteen-year-old Oxford student and his thirteen-year-old choirboy tutee.
Brandon Baruch’s play No Homo, about two best friends who claim to be straight but whose personalities fit gay tropes, won five awards out of nine nominations at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and had its run extended by three performances.
Crime author Val McDermid bluntly confesses her pessimism about the publishing industry’s current approach to debut fiction to The Telegraph.
Catherine Lundoff offers SF Signal an anthology of LGBT speculative fiction published in the 1990s, a decade she views as a turning point for the genre.
Buzzfeed profiles Kevin Thomas, who combines literary criticism with comic-strip art; his reviews of Hilton Als and Oliver Sacks are included in the link.
Photo: Frank M. Robinson via babelio.com