The Magazine Article That Changed Everything for Gay People
Dan Savage has penned a foreword to the new Penguin Classics edition of Merle Miller’s celebrated book, On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual. Savage writes:
“There I was, just four short decades after Miller wrote On Being Different, just three short decades after I sat down with my mother and forced the words “I’m gay” out of my mouth. There I was, sitting on a beach next to my husband, while our teenage son dove through waves with his friends, two boys who were entrusted to our care by their straight parents. Thank you, Mr. Miller, for telling your story, thank you for your anger, thank you for fighting back against the demeaning, degrading bullshit. We couldn’t have made it to that beach without you.” [Slate]
LGBT 101: Chicago Legacy Project Launches: On October 11 (National Coming Out Day), The Legacy Project (TLP) in Chicago unveiled its Legacy Walk. The walk consists of 18 plaques dedicated to notable LGBT people in history, including writer and poet Oscar Wilde, artist Frida Kahlo, and pioneering gay elected official Harvey Milk. [HuffingtonPost]
Photos of Growing Up Gay: Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay has arrived on bookstore shelves. Catch a sneak peek here.
Watch: Sally Field’s Amazing HRC Speech About Her Gay Son: Sally Field, a renowned actress, singer, producer, and screenwriter, accepted the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award last Saturday. She gave a riveting speech about her gay son, which has since made the rounds on various websites. Watch the video here.
Photo: Dan Savage, photo by Christopher Staton