This week in the LGBT-themed arts:

StoryCorps, the National Public Radio program that records the voices of everyday Americans recounting their life experiences for preservation in the Library of Congress, has announced an initiative called OutLoud, which will collect oral histories from LGBT people.

Adam Nayman has published It Doesn’t Suck, a defensive critical study of Showgirls, the 1995 Paul Verhoeven-directed film about Las Vegas strippers of various sexualities, which was a critical and commercial disaster, but which has since become a campy cult classic.

Trans author Jack Wolf is this year’s winner of Britain’s Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award for his debut The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones. The novel is an epic work of historical fiction that concerns a potentially sadistic physician in 1750s London.

Noted Irish author John Banville has won the Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature for his novel The Untouchable, a Cold War espionage mystery set in Cambridge, whose protagonist is a closeted gay man.

The entire second season of Orange is the New Black, the acclaimed, true-to-life web series set in a women’s prison and thematically focused on several LGBT issues, has premiered on Netflix Instant Watch.

LGBT actors honored at this year’s Tony Awards included Neil Patrick Harris, who won Best Actor in the Musical for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Rosie O’Donnell, who won the Isabelle Stevenson Award for her work in theatre education in New York City’s public schools.

Mariette Pathy Allen is publishing TransCuba, a photographic essay about the trans community in the Communist Caribbean nation, in which LGBT rights are receiving strong support from Mariela Castro Espín, a member of the Castro family.

The late cultural philosopher Susan Sontag, whose work spans from film criticism to terror theory, is the subject of a new HBO documentary.

Christie’s is auctioning a series of explicit male nude sketches by Andy Warhol on their Internet exhibit Andy’s Eye Candy.

James Dawson of The Guardian writes about the dearth of gay characters in children’s literature, and why it should be filled.

The LGBT-focused press Bold Strokes Books held their eponymous, annual Book Festival in Nottingham, England.

Bisexual author-filmmaker Miranda July has published “TV”, a short memoir about her first homoerotic experience, in The New Yorker.

Photo: Susan Sontag via Sontagfilm.org


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  • Ron Fritsch

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