This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

The rumor reported in an earlier roundup has been confirmed: Philly AIDS Thrift has signed a two-year lease that will keep Giovanni’s Room–the oldest LGBT bookstore in the U.S.–open in the same location, saving it from permanently closing its doors.

Another update: After the removal of The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth from the high school/college prep reading list in Cape Henlopen, Delaware, the school district has decided to gut–and perhaps redo–the entire reading list.

Over nine hundred authors, including Sandra Gail Lambert, have signed a petition–which was published in the New York Times–demanding Amazon to cease its allegedly discriminatory and monopolistic practices against Hachette Book Group.

Props from the groundbreaking TV series Will & Grace have been donated to the Smithsonian Museum, along with the wooden racket of trans tennis player Renée Richards and the original blue-pink-white-pink-blue transgender pride flag.

October is LGBT History Month–and, not surprisingly, it has also recently become Queer Romance Month. A project conceived by British author Alexis Hall, QRM is an online initiative dedicated to the promotion of LGBT romantic fiction.

One of Robin Williams’ final roles was as a closeted gay man in Boulevard, a dark drama that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival but remains without a distributor. Williams also played an openly gay man in the 1996 comedy remake The Birdcage.

Shortlist has unearthed an infographic created by Brian Keda that distinguishes the songs of English rock legend Morrissey based on their themes.

NPR discusses the efforts of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop to increase racial and sexual diversity among the program’s faculty and students.

Drag performer John Epperson and his signature character Lypsinka will be performing a trilogy of shows in the East Village starting this November.

The Huffington Post has an homily for London’s Polari Literary Salon, which it cites as an alternative to the stifling conservatism of other book festivals.



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  • Lou Kief

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